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Episode 2 | Reimagining the Border, Part II

Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman of Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman continue their discussion of design & politics at the San Diego/Tijuana border.

Episode 2 | Reimagining the Border, Part II

About Estudio Teddy Cruz + Forman
Estudio Teddy Cruz + Forman is at the vanguard of evolving urban practice. Together, Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman have pushed a quiet revolution in the culture of U.S. planning by attempting to move civic imagination away from the legacy of post-war suburban planning. Central to their work is a reimagining of the role of “borders,” using Tijuana/San Diego as a laboratory. Conventional planning methodologies understand borders as something to be defended; reinforcing the idea of an inherent conflict between two sides which in fact does not necessarily exist. Through their work, which includes urban intervention projects, art installations and civic engagement, Cruz and Forman argue that borders are better thought of as places of exchange and innovation. For example, while current political discourse, reinforced by the mainstream media, presents the US/Mexico border as a place of criminalization, Cruz and Forman want to elevate it as a site of creativity.

Cruz, an American architect, urbanist, and educator with Fonna Forman, a noted political theorist, created a joint practice in 2010. Both are currently professors at the University of California, San Diego. They are also directors of the UCSD Cross-Border Initiative.

Estudio Teddy Cruz + Forman is a Curry Stone Foundation Social Design Circle Honoree. Read more about it here.


Social Design Insights would like to thank all those who make our weekly show possible: Baruch Zeichner, our Producer and Sound Engineer, Donna Read, for producing our video content, and Leah Freidenrich, Director of the Curry Stone Foundation. Our theme music for 2017 is "Sorry" by Comfort Fit. The break music is "Mexico" by Cunninlynguists from their album "Dirty Acres."