24.1.03

Pues aqui les dejo la respuesta al comentario que hice sobre la guia de arquitectura de San Diego que incluye a tijuana.
Por lo que veo me quizo decir Sutro es que le agradesca que incluyo a tijuana! Pues que mal pedo!

Here is the response from Dirk Sutro to my letter regarding the San Diego Architectural Guide that included Tijuana.
In summary I guess he is trying to say that tijuana was lucky to be included! Shit!

Thanks for your interest. We actually devoted substantial time and effort to coverage of Tijuana (I spent two days there
myself, many other people also spent time there documenting and/or photographing buildings), but were frustrated by
the shortage of info about buildings, dates, and architects.

In light of the fact that San Diego has a long history of cataloguing artifacts at the San DIego Historical Society and
elsewhere, and that Tijuana has nowhere near the database of info on past and present buildings---we felt it was an
accomplishment to get what we have.

I think we all agree we could have done more with Tijuana---but as far as I know this is the first time the city has even
been included in an American architectural guidebook, and we see this as only a starting point. When we revise this
volume (hopefully sooner than later), we anticipate a substantial expansion of the TJ section.

So, I guess we'd rather see the glass 1/2 full than 1/2 empty. Maybe in the future you and your peers can help us fill it
the rest of the way!

Best,

Dirk Sutro


Aqui le dejo mi carta del 7 de enero para que lo comparen
here is my initial response.

Carta a Dirk Sutro, Autor del libro Architecure Guide of San Diego (incluyendo Tijuana)


Dear Mr. Sutro

The other day I was visiting the office of my friend Teddy Cruz in San Diego, and I saw that he had a copy of the San Diego architecture guide.
I was impressed with the amount of buildings and the extensive research that went into this publication.
It appeared to me that you did your homework very well and studied the various styles and architectural
ideas throughout the history of building in this town. Then I flipped to the Tijuana section and I was somewhat disturbed by the lack of interest in this area of the region. The Tijuana section included a few well known buildings such as the Cultural Center ( Cecut) and one interesting building by a young designer also a friend of mine, Miguel Robles. It seems to me that you did not do as much research into Tijuana as you did for the San Diego. I understand that it is a San Diego guide, but if you are going to give a bad review of architecture in Tijuana, then it is not worth the effort. For instance, there are approximately 30 to 40 Modernist style buildings in the old downtown area of Tijuana that date from the 1940 to 1960's. Most of these buildings still have their original facades including windows and interior fixtures from that time. There was a strong modernist movement in Tijuana and it was not spread out like buildings in San Diego, it was concentrated in a dense urban setting. These examples will be part of a book that will come out this year.

I am still saddened to see that San Diegans only know Tijuana from the border to Revolution Avenue and believe that is all of what Tijuana has to offer. By publishing the southern "California type mini mall" found near the university, it makes me feel as if Tijuana is viewed as a theme park. I hope next time there is more effort put in to doing a concise study of the new and old architecture of your neighbor to the south.
Sincerely,


Rene Peralta

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