Reseña de "Aqui es Tijuana"/"Here is Tijuana" por
Para el Architects Newspaper de NY.
Every—where All at Once
A 2002 exhibition organized by the
Here is Tijuana is presenting another form of a perpetual present tense emergency—one we have known for a far longer period of time. But
Nearly 20 years after the publication of Zone Books "The Contemporary City" and well after Mike's Davis' work on the Los Angeles and more recently on the global poor and slums, Here is Tijuana has deep footings—but it also must be read with an eye to the future. It’s latent question is how do we constitute the depiction of social emergencies today; how do we see them, respond to them; and indeed what is the state of recourse for those who live under crisis conditions when the flash point that would allow change is also perpetually out of reach. Here is Tijuana’s montage offers a deep sense of joy—its obvious the authors love the city, and are not demonstrating social need as much human potential, but in the light of the book’s historical footings we must ask what becomes of the metropolis that was always luring—even predatory. Something far more dangerous than New York is being depicted here— a metropolis that lures people to the border but is not designed to allow access (to the United States) becomes something internally self and re-generative; returning to itself the energies it spent on exit. Tijuana is of course everywhere: but its harder to see this without the overt border condition of San Diego and Tijuana—at the border the stilled zones of internal machinations lie counter to the heady streaming of monies that so easily characterizes the global city of the wider press—but this stillness is everywhere. It IS very much the new metropolitan life.
Associate Professor of Architecture
Director Core Design Studios
Coordinator Housing Studios
Columbia University, GSAPP