Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman (USA)

Housing, public space and the global migration crisis

Estudio Teddy Cruz (since 2012 Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman) describes itself as a 'research-based political and architectural practice'. The research of the American firm blurs conventional boundaries between theory and practice, and merges the fields of architecture and urbanism, political theory and urban policy, visual arts and public culture.

For the general public, Cruz and Forman are mainly known as border architects, because of their research into informal urbanisation on the border areas between Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego, United States. They focus on developing these border areas as locations for cultural production and rethinking urban policy with a focus on affordable housing and public space. One of the first projects they carried out in this border area was 'Living Rooms at the border' (2011), for which they worked with the NGO 'Casa Familiar'. In this project they integrated open-air rooms, equipped with electricity, which can be configured according to the wishes of alternating users: from small business activities to neighbourhood activities and imitating housing. The family units have linked but separable spaces for grandparents, who in Latino culture often help with childcare. For the design they were inspired by the specific living habits of the occupants and through incremental implementation it can function as a model for the development of other low-income dwellings in the United States.

At the architecture Biennale of Venice in 2018 they were one of the firms that represented the United States with the exhibition 'Dimensions of citizenship'. In 'Mexus: A geography of interdependence' they depicted the American-Mexican border as a place of urban and political experimentation and visualized the river basins, indigenous and protected territories and metropolitan zones that cross the border.

AUDITORIUM 19/20 lecture series on architecture, urban planning and design
HOME – There’s no place like home

How can we generate a place for ourselves today? Where do we choose that place and how do we define our 'own' place? This lecture series aims to focus on architecture as the initiator of thoughts on contemporary housing issues. Can architecture be more than a way of sweetening the pill of an economic model? Shouldn't architecture be the core from which new (affordable) housing grows? And what would constitute 'new housing'?

19.11.19: Miroslav Sik (CH)
18.12.19: Anthony Vidler (UK/USA)
12.02.20: Frédéric Druot (FR)
12.03.20: Bruther (FR)
26.03.20: Dogma (BE)
04.05.20 21:00: Estudio Teddy Cruz (USA)

CURATOR: Laura Meulemans / PARTNERS: STUK Kunstencentrum, KU Leuven dep. architectuur, Existenz / SUPPORT BY: stad Leuven, Vlaamse Overheid / SPONSORING: Febelcem, ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems, Vandersanden Group, A+ Architecture in Belgium


ma 4 mei 2020 21:00
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