Architecture: Participation, Process, and Negotiation

Teddy Cruz

Published in Verb Crisis, 2008.

We need to reorient architecture towards sectors of precariousness that are habitually left out of the scope of our practice. An important segment of the current architectural avant-garde has aligned itself with homogenization, privatization, and economic neoliberalism. As architects we are simply dressing-up these conditions, we have stopped challenging them.

We continue to work in the sanctity of the property line, inserting beautiful artifacts within fixed and accepted conditions. We seldom understand or worry about certain issues, such as political jurisdiction or ownership. In my view, these are two vital points of departure for any architectural project. To design a good building is very hard; to build it is more difficult; for me, the greatest interest lies in the challenge of redefining the terms of the practice.

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