HD Teddy Cruz, Political Equator 3, Tijuana, Mexico

Teddy Cruz, Political Equator 3, Tijuana, Mexico

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Professor Teddy Cruz offers a forward-looking, heart-felt inspiration to formally close the Political Equator 3 event in Los Laureles Canyon, San Bernardo community, Tijuana, Mexico (June 4, 2011).«In the context of a post 9-11 political equator that divides the world and the city between enclaves of mega-wealth and sectors of poverty, urbanities of labor and surveillance, the formal and informal, our institutions of architecture representation and display have lost their socio-political relevance and advocacy. » --Estudio Teddy Cruz — Learn more at: The Political Equator 3 event is a countervailing response to the situation described in the quote above. Approximately 150 participants in the Political Equator 3 event came together to directly experience places along the U.S.-Mexico border where natural and social dynamics collide. The site visits included: (a) NGO Casa Familiar in the San Ysidro neighborhood on the US side, (b) The Tijuana River Estuary on the US side and © NGO Alter Terra in Los Laureles Canyon, an informal settlement in Mexico. Many of the participants crossed the border by foot from the US into Mexico through a culvert beneath the border fence. The third program in a series of bi-national conferences, PE3 engaged pressing regional socio-economic, urban and environmental conditions across the San Diego–Tijuana border. These meetings have been focusing on a critical analysis of local conflicts in order to re-evaluate the meaning of shifting global dynamics, across geo-political boundaries, natural resources and marginal communities.PE III focused on The Border Neighborhood as a Site of Production, investigating practices in the arts, architecture, science and the humanities that work with peripheral neighborhoods worldwide where conditions of social and economic emergency are inspiring new ways of thinking and doing across institutions of urban development and public culture. This event is receiving major support from the FORD Foundation in addition; this project has been supported in part by The Visual Arts Department and Calit2 at University of California, San Diego. for more information go to: Photos of the event are on our Global ARC Flickr account at: A video clip showing PE 3 participants crossing the border in an underground culvert is at: Also see: