Art, Tech & Culture

Unwalling Citizenship

Art, Tech & Culture
06 Mar, 2023

Unwalling Citizenship

An Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium Lecture co-sponsored by the Department of Architecture, the Department of Art Practice, the Arts Research Center, and the Center for Latin American Studies


Teddy Cruz, Professor, Department of Visual Arts, University of California, San Diego

Fonna Forman, Professor, Department of Political Science and Director, Center on Global Justice, University of California San Diego

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Watch on YouTube here.

Cruz and Forman will discuss their work on "citizenship culture" at the United States-Mexico border, and the network of civic spaces they have co-developed with border communities to cultivate regional and global solidarities. They ask, in this increasingly walled world, and with the surge of anti-immigrant sentiment everywhere: can the idea of citizenship be recuperated for more emancipatory and inclusive democratic agendas?

Image credit: De-borde(r), Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman, 2018

About Teddy Cruz and Fonna Foreman

Teddy Cruz (MDes Harvard University) is Professor of Public Culture and Urbanism in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego. He is known internationally for his urban and architectural research of the Tijuana/San Diego border region. Recipient of the Rome Prize in Architecture in 1991, his honors include the Ford Foundation Visionaries Award in 2011, the 2013 Architecture Award from the US Academy of Arts and Letters, and the 2018 Vilcek Prize in Architecture.

Fonna Forman (PhD University of Chicago) is Professor of Political Theory at the University of California, San Diego and Founding Director of the UCSD Center on Global Justice. She is widely recognized for her work on climate justice, equitable urbanization, citizenship and borders, as well as the history of political economy. For four years she served on the Global Citizenship Commission, advising United Nations policy on human rights implementation in the 21st century; and she currently serves as Co-Chair of the University of California’s Global Climate Leadership Council.

Together they are principals in Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman, a research-based political and architectural practice in San Diego. Their work merges the fields of architecture and urbanism, political theory and urban policy, visual arts and public culture. They lead variety of urban research agendas and civic / public interventions in the San Diego-Tijuana border region and beyond. From 2012-14 they served as special advisors to the City of San Diego, and led its Civic Innovation Lab. Their work has been exhibited widely in cultural venues across the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, New York; Das Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; M+ Hong Kong, the 2016 Shenzhen Biennial of Urbanism and Architecture, and representing the United States in the 2018 Venice Architectural Biennale. They have three forthcoming monographs: Spatializing Justice and Socializing Architecture, both copublished by the MIT Press and Hatje Cantz Berlin; and Unwalling Citizenship (Verso).


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