Thursday, November 02, 2006

Some Border Events

Real quick, if you are in the neighborhood (SD/TJ that is), a couple of events not to be missed. Check 'em out, pass on the word.



Otra/Another, in its third installment, will analyze the discordance caused by global economic and political changes and their effect on social housing programs and projects. In Latin America, cities have suffered the consequence of modernist functionalist theory which focused on the design of spaces for a singular type of user, rather than developing diverse social ideas for the masses. Due to Tijuana’s accelerated growth, mechanisms of control have been adopted to deal with the issues of illicit land acquisition in intent to consolidate all urban areas. Two policies that have been the norm in the past fifteen years are; the creation of government programs to legalize parcels in squatter zones and the issuing of contracts to housing developers for the construction of low income homes. During this time a shift has occurred from self –constructed houses toward serialized housing units in which private developers have created capsular communities marketed to provide security from the high crime rate in the city and only offer a range of loan options instead of alternative housing types.

Otra/Another will present the current perspectives on urban development and its relation to low and moderate income housing. Not limited to the city of Tijuana, the symposium will bring together architects and scholars from different cities in the United States and Mexico with the purpose of presenting practical and academic ideologies. Within local universities the housing theme is presented as an exercise of construction techniques, rarely focusing on the urban implications and its effects on the social and political space of the city. Yet, Otra/Another does not solely intent to present prescriptive projects, the purpose is to analyze current housing conditions and trends as well as the impact homogeneity and local policies have had at the end of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st century.

The topics for the lecture series and exhibition will develop around the general concept of the event, yet allowing individual interpretation from the participants. The various topics are, but not limited to; perspectives and government policies of social housing in the US and Mexico; the archetypes of suburban developments and their impact on the periphery, such as the Inland Empire in Southern California; the historic development of illegal settlements in the city of Tijuana and new tendencies in the role of the architect as designer/developer. The exhibition will take place in the gallery of the Instituto de Cultura de Baja California in Tijuana, presenting theoretical and academic projects as well as housing competitions and realized projects.

By way of the conference and exhibition, in the time frame of one month, Otra/Another will introduce to the general public the diverse and complex issues in the design of social housing and its importance to urban development. Bring awareness to architects, students and developers of the impact housing projects have on public space and its different levels of social, political and environmental interactions.

Otra/Another, returns to the city offering provocation as a catalyst of architectonic expression and accelerating the flow of ideas and interdisciplinary collaboration to construct a critical culture in Tijuana.

(Written by Rene Peralta)

Invited speakers include Michael Bell, Robert E. Somol, Mark Lee, Ted Smith, Peter Zellner, Tito Alegria and Jose Luquin. The exhibitions participants are UCLA, Sci Arc, Teddy Cruz, TAAU- Mexico City among others. Opening party November 10, 2006.

November 10-30, 2006.
Instituto de Cultura de Baja California
Avenida Centenario No. 10151 Zona Río, Tijuana México.

(Via Archinect)


making the case for squatters …

Robert Neuwirth, author of Shadow Cities: a billion squatters, a new urban world, will speak in San Diego on Friday, November 17, 2006. He will appear at San Diego State University’s Little Theater (161 Hepner Hall.)

Neuwirth, who spent two years living in shantytowns around the world to learn about the squatter reality, makes the controversial argument that squatting is a legitimate form of urban development. His work on squatters won an award from the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

For more information, check out his blog: SquatterCity.

Neuwirth’s presentation at San Diego State is sponsored by The Center for Latin American Studies and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

Friday, November 17, 2006
1:00 pm
Little Theater
161 Hepner Hall
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Dr.
San Diego, CA 92182


Blogger Rene said...

Thanks for the space - will ke you informed via generica.blogspot and otranother.blogspot



2:23 PM  
Blogger Bryan Finoki said...

Please do, Rene.
And, would be happy to feature it later here with pics and stuff, if you want, since sadly i probably wont be able to make it myself.
looking forward to hearing/reading about it.

12:16 PM  

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