Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman

Co-Directors: The Cross-Border Initiative

Teddy Cruz is a Professor of Public Culture and Urbanization in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego, where he is founding Co-Director of the Center for Urban Ecologies. He is known internationally for his urban research on the Tijuana/San Diego border, advancing border neighborhoods as sites of cultural production from which to rethink urban policy, affordable housing, and civic infrastructure. Recipient of the Rome Prize in Architecture in 1991, his awards include representing the US in the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale, the Ford Foundation Visionaries Award in 2011, and the 2013 Architecture Award from the US Academy of Arts and Letters.

Fonna Forman is a Professor of Political Theory at the University of California, San Diego and founding Director of the UCSD Center on Global Justice. She is a political theorist best known for her revisionist work on Adam Smith, recuperating the ethical, social, spatial and public dimensions of his political economy. Current work focuses on theories and practices of global justice as they manifest at local and regional scales, and the place of civic engagement in strategies of equitable urbanization. She presently consults on social and economic rights for the Commission on Global Citizenship, to advise United Nations policy on human rights. Together they direct the Cross-Border Initiative, and partner on many projects focused on social justice and the city, with a special emphasis on informality in Latin American cities. From 2012-13 they served as special advisors on Civic and Urban Initiatives for the City of San Diego and led the development of its Civic Innovation Lab. They are presently co-investigating a Ford Foundation-funded study on citizenship culture in the San Diego-Tijuana border region, in collaboration with Antanas Mockus and the Bogota-based NGO, Corpovisionarios. 

Kate Goodwin

Kate Goodwin is Head of Architecture and Drue Heinz Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts She heads the Department of Architecture at the Academy which promotes a debate about architecture for the public and profession and in particular its intersection with the other arts. She curated the highly acclaimed exhibition Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined (Spring 2014), featuring the work of architects as diverse as Grafton Architects and Diébédo Francis Kéré. The Spectator called it ‘the best architectural exhibition ever experienced’. She was the recipient of the RIBA Honorary Fellowship.

Previous exhibitions include Constructed Landscapes (2011), Contemporary Chinese Architecture (2006), Recreating Tatlin’s Tower (2011), Paper Cities (2009). She co-commissioned Asif Kahn and Pernilla Ohrstedt to design the Future Memory Pavilion (2011) in Singapore in partnership with the British Council.

Other recent work include commissioning a public installation by ‘SO? Architecture and Ideas’ for the Royal Academy at Burlington Gardens, supported by Turkishceramics and curating the exhibition Inside Heatherwick Studio for the British Council and GREAT campaign which is currently touring East Asia. She also curated the exhibition Thinking through drawing: Chris Wilkinson RA which will run until February 2016. She is the author of a book on the design and creation of Thomas Heatherwick’s UK Pavilion at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai which won the RIBA Lubetkin Prize in 2010.

Todo por la Praxis (TXP)

Todo por la Praxis is a multidisciplinary group with members from various disciplines like architecture, art, law, design and anthropology, that is defined as an aesthetic project lab of cultural resistance, from where developing tools for the intervention on public space with the ultimate goal being to generate a catalog of direct action and socially effective catalog of tools. In this way they enroll in their battlefield in the public space through the development of projects of procedural nature and through actions and interventions of a temporary nature that have an impact on urban acupuncture, the self-managed urban empty spaces, the collective equipment and the visualization strategies. 

Todo por la Praxis presents it works through an open code, a guerrilla architecture through self-construction, as a methodology that implies a direct responsibility in all of the phases of the project and promotes ownership, participation and empowerment of its users, promoting the self management processes. 

TXP is part of a large network of people and groups interested in creating a participatory urban environment. Recent projects include: TAZ a project developed in the context of the 2015 call for residencies promoted by the Casino Luxembourg Forum d’art Contemporain, for interventions in public space.

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Blaithin Quinn

Blaithin Quinn (BSc, BArch, BA, MA) is an architect and visual artist based in Dublin. After graduating as an architect (UCD, 1995) she worked in private practice (1995 - 2010) while completing a first class honours Degree in Visual Arts Practice (IADT, 2010) and later a Masters in Visual Arts Education (NCAD, 2013), both by night. This has informed her approach to practice, which is collaborative, interdisciplinary and site-specific.

As an active practitioner in the area of public engagement with architecture, Quinn was a key contributor to the following collaborative projects (supported by The Arts Council’s Engaging with Architecture Scheme): Beyond Eye Level (South Dublin Co. Council, 2012); Shaping Space (Galway Arts Centre and Red Bird Youth Collective, 2013); Inter/Generation (Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Co. Council, 2014); Beyond Pebbledash (Dublin City Council, National Museum of Ireland, 2014/15).

In her work on these projects, she employed visual art strategies to extend public engagement with architecture and the built environment. These interdisciplinary projects involved event planning and management, collaboration, exhibition design, workshop facilitation and engagement with diverse audiences, in response to specific architectural contexts.

Quinn’s work has also been commissioned by the Irish Museum of Modern Art (Open House Dublin, 2012, 2014) and the Irish Architecture Foundation (National Architects in Schools Initiative, 2015, 2016). In parallel with her own creative practice, she is an occasional tutor at Queen’s University Belfast (2012-2015) and is on the visiting lecturer panel at Cork Centre for Architectural Education. She was a visiting lecturer at IADT, Dublin in 2015. 

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