Exclusive Interview with Fonna Forman
Berrin Chatzi Chousein, the editor-in-chief of World Architecture Community, made an exclusive interview with Fonna Forman.
"Our practice is located in a zone of global conflict and poverty that divides two cities, two countries, two continents and two hemispheres. The border cities of San Diego and Tijuana together comprise the largest binational metropolitan region in the world," says Fonna Forman.
World Architecture Community's editor-in-chief Berrin Chatzi Chousein led an exclusive interview with Fonna Forman within the scope of reSITE 2017: Invisible City event. Fonna Forman is a Professor of Political Theory at the University of California, San Diego and co-director of Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman with architect and urbanist Teddy Cruz who gave an extraordinary keynote speech on border walls at the reSITE conference.
Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman has been examining the creative strategies of informal, small-scale communities between San Diego and Tijuana for years. Their research and architectural practices aim to produce alternative (economic, design, policy etc.) models for excluded zones and communities of the US-Mexican border. Fonna Forman says that "In the context of isolationist dynamics across the globe today, physical border walls serve not only as barriers against 'invasion', but mark an era of 'patriotic' withdrawal from international cooperation in a futile attempt to recover an 'alien-less' sovereignty. Building walls is the physicalization of mistrust - typically by a powerful and rich country against a vulnerable one. It is the most overt evidence that there is little faith in social, economic or political solutions to conflict among people."
Venice Architecture Biennale: How Will We Live Together with Hashim Sarkis in Conversation with Greg Lindsay
Part two of our Design and the City episode covering the long-awaited 17th Venice Architecture Biennale to explore the question “How will we live together?” and features curator Hashim Sarkis in conversation with Greg Lindsay along with British and Austrian pavilion curators as they explore accessibility on many levels.
Part two of our Design and the City episode covering the long-awaited 17th Venice Architecture Biennale featuring the Austrian Pavilion curators, Peter Mörtenböck + Helge Mooshammer on platform urbanism and what that means for the future of our cities.
Part two of our Design and the City episode covering the long-awaited 17th Venice Architecture Biennale features British pavilion curators, Manijeh Verghese and Madeleine Kessler as they explore accessibility and our increasingly privatised public spaces, in the United Kingdom and beyond. Photo by Cristiano Corte © British Council
Saskia Sassen answers questions about migration. Discussion at reSITE 2016: Cities in Migration.
Let's debate flexible and resilient cities, quality of life and cost of living.
Special lecture by Michael Kimmelman, architecture critic for The New York Times.
Teddy Cruz, professor of Public Culture and Urbanism at UC San Diego, and co-founder of Estudio Teddy Cruz discusses the potential he sees in border zone communities that thrive on creativity by acknowledging the role of architects play. It is not simply about constructing new buildings, but to creating positive change by reorganizing the existing socioeconomic relations and their spatial aspects.