19.12.08

El Intelectual Mexicano – para que sirve??


An intellectual class marginalized from the digital and genomic revolutions can help preserve the past, but it will be hard presses to help build the future.

I have only admiration for these great individuals and thousands of other Mexican intellectuals. But I am concerned that as a class, they have almost completely ignored science and technology.
The role of an intellectual class subsidized by a poor society should be, at least in part, to interpret, develop, and transmit key knowledge. Mexico should continue to support and revere great historians, musicians, painters, poet and writers. But the inteligencia as a whole has to wake up and foster the development of science and technology within its rarified realm.

Intellectuals must be among the first to understand, debate, create and transmit a new dominant language. Today the dominant language is Microsoft. Tomorrow’s will be genetics.

Juan Enriquez en Revista, Harvard Review of Latin America, Fall 2001

18.12.08

Plugged-IN St. Louis




A principios de semana estuve en la Universidad de Washington en St. Louis Missouri. El primer día que llegue estaba muy agradable el clima, fresco pero con sol. El día siguiente todo cambio de repente la temperatura bajo y empezó a nevar – el frió me recordó aquellos años que viví en Londres, pero mis huesos ya no están para soportar esos climas. El viaje lo hice con Oscar Romo, del Estuario de Tijuana en Imperial Beach, arquitecto y ecologista con mucho trabajo en Tijuana sobre medio ambiente. Oscar era el cliente del proyecto que íbamos a revisar, yo fui de jurado y a organizar el curso de verano que imparto para el 2009 aquí en Tijuana. Los trabajos fueron buenos pero como en todas partes hay de buenos a buenos. Me pidieron quedarme un día más para poder estar en las presentaciones de otros cursos. Me toco estar en el taller del Arq. Zeuler Lima, formando parte del grupo que evaluó los proyectos y para mi sorpresa también estaba integrado por Denis Crompton ex -miembro de archigram _ yes I felt like a groupie! Crompton también fue maestro invitado y tuve la oportunidad de ver los trabajos de sus alumnos. Como ven en las fotos – se nota una fuerte nostalgia por el Plug-in City.


A principios de Febrero se presentaran los trabajos de Washington así como el proyecto de mis estudiantes de Woodbury aquí en Tijuana. Más información en enero.


Sam Fox - School of Architecture


Maqueta cortada con laser e información del terreno ubicado en Los Laureles, Tijuana.


Estudiantes y Maestros en la sala de expo.

Los trabajos de los alumnos de Denis Crompton

9.12.08

Computer mouse es Generation X




primer mouse inventado por Douglas Engelbart en 1968

mas info en Wired


So last century

Esto me recuerda una discusión que tuve con Miguel Robles y Mario deVega en mi vieja oficina de la federal. Aferrados a un " Neo-DADA"

Estamos viviendo un asunto extraordinario: una generación multitudinaria de artistas sin arte. Una legión sigue a este movimiento repitiendo sus plegarias a san Duchamp y perpetuando algo de lo que sus creadores afirmaban: “las obras dadá no deben durar más de cinco minutos”. Los seguidores son la tumba del movimiento, por eso no logran aportarle nada. En el performance es más evidente esta contradicción: algo que tendría que ser efímero ya se estancó en los museos.

Leer todo el articulo aqui: http://impreso.milenio.com/node/8505694

4.12.08

Como rescatar la avenida revolución.

Sabemos que la avenida revolución es la mas importante de la ciudad, es una avenida con mucha historia y como ustedes saben yo estoy trabajando en un proyecto titulado Tijuana Moods - que recupera la historia musical (jazz) de esa avenida. Una historia grabada en los libros de la historia universal del jazz. La revolución ya no es la revu de los Curios. Que me perdonen los comerciantes que vivieron de ese giro, pero ya no hay el turismo ni el mercado para ese tipo de comercio que sostuvo a la avenida por tanto tiempo. La revu requiere ( junto con el Centro) de una inversión grande. No renacera la avenida con proyectos pequeños, se ocupa que las familias y comerciantes de Tijuana vuelvan a invertir en el centro ( Fimbres pongan atención)- un espacio que les dio la oportunidad de hacer una vida comercial importante. También tenemos que hacer un alto a los permisos de uso de suelo que destruyen la estructura urbana del centro. Hay proyectos como la Plaza Ocampo que están construidos como centros comerciales suburbanos donde la característica urbana de las edificaciones sobre las banquetas están substituidas por estacionamientos que rompen con ese esquema urbano. Aprendan Panistas como se hace una zona urbana, no se trata de estacionamientos, en el Centro se tiene que mantener los comercios al filo de la banqueta por que la experiencia peatonal es lo que hace una ciudad. ( como en NY, Chicago, DF etc). Los centros comerciales con estacionamiento rompen con la estructura urbana de la zona histórica de esta ciudad que fue trazada como un plano modernista a la Chicago y NY por el Ing. Orozco en 1887. Aprendan algo de urbanismo señores de reglamentos.





esta es una calle sana llena de vida urbana. Y donde esta el estacionamiento????

3.12.08

Es para mi un placer ser parte de este programa de maestria en SciArc dirigido por mi amigo y colega Peter Zellner. Si les interesa la maestria por favor de comunicarse con Peter o con un servidor.

http://www.sciarc.edu/portal/programs/graduate/scifi/index.html

SCIFI PROGRAM — 1 YEAR (3 TERM)
Southern California Institute for Future Initiatives

1 year (3 Term) Program

Post-professional degree program leading to a Master of Design Research in City Design, Planning and Policy, open to students with a professional degree in Architecture or a Bachelor degree or equivalent in any field. This program requires attendance for the Fall, Spring and Summer terms.

Applications for admission to the 2009–2010 class are due on or before March 4, 2009. See Eligibility and Applications below.


Peter Zellner, Program Coordinator
David Bergman, Program Coordinator

Program Description
Led by Peter Zellner and David Bergman, SCIFI is focused on promoting innovation within design, policy, and planning responses to the economic, social and environmental futures of global cities and regions. SCIFI is dedicated to supporting investigations into the impacts of urban and planning policy, transnational financial markets, real estate speculation, and socio-economic globalization on the evolution of local urban fabrics.
SCIFI provides an integrated curricular focus on urban scale issues. It is positioned as a local, national and international center for the discussion of urban futures, contingent and variable planning strategies and the development of new tools for urban research and design. Combining intensive research into the near term future of cities with the use of new open source design tools, SCIFI aims to invent new ways of modeling and testing variable urban design scenarios.

Program Sequence
Working over three sequenced terms, SCIFI students develop solution-seeking urban research and urban design grounded in the study of the history of the city, urban and regional development methods, city planning and city management tools. Students integrate skills from across SCI-Arc’s programs including design technologies, cultural studies and hard technology applications. The SCIFI program is calibrated to incrementally build research skills, urban design expertise and unique strategic thinking about cities and urban regions. By working from the unique, local and particular to the large, global and generic, SCIFI students gain expertise in the subject of city making through a comprehensive, nuanced understanding of the City’s history and design at all scales. This careful sequencing of context and city-scaled based teaching and intensive workshop based learning is intended inculcate an increasing control over the subject of city formation paralleled by a growing mastery of new urban research methodologies and urban design tools.
SCIFI culminates in the production of thesis design or research projects in the final semester of the SCIFI program. Working individually with SCIFI’s core and visiting Faculty SCIFI students generate deliverables, both individually and as part of a group, that form the basis of a dissertation quality research portfolio. It is envisioned that students will be able to apply these experiences as part of an ongoing dialogue with the city formation process.

SCIFI Core and Visiting Faculty

David Bergman
SCIFI Coordinator
Principal, Economics Research Associates

Wes Jones
Principal, Jones, Partners: Architecture

Eric Kahn
Principal, COA (Central Office of Architecture)

Jeffrey Kipnis
SCI-Arc Visiting Faculty
Professor, Ohio State University

Stephanie Smith
Founder, Ecoshack

Andrew Zago
Principal, Zago Architecture

Peter Zellner
SCIFI Coordinator
Principal, ZELLNERPLUS Design Planning Research

SCIFI Initiatives
SCIFI promotes and extends its academic mission nationally and internationally via its Journal, Public Forums and Global Network. These aligned activities allow SCIFI to widely broadcast its mission as well as to gain feedback for its efforts.

SCIFI Journal
SCIFI cultivates audiences for its research findings within both academic and professional communities by publishing a semi annual journal. The SCIFI Journal invites professional and academic contributions from individuals from the fields of architecture, urban design, planning, real estate development and city management. The SCIFI Journal also provides a record of the SCIFI Public Forums as well as the SCIFI studios‘ academic research and achievements.

SCIFI Public Forums
Each semester the SCIFI program sponsors a public forum in order to generate debate and dialogue around the future of cities and urban regions. SCIFI’s Public Forums provide a means for increasing community interest in the outcomes of the Program’s inquiries into the nature of cities and urban development.

SCIFI Global Network
The SCIFI Network is a global peer-based academic research council dedicated to supporting SCIFI’s academic mission. SCIFI Network members are selected from a field of distinguished practitioners, civic leaders and academics who are exceptionally involved with contemporary urban design issues. The SCIFI Network promotes innovative teaching and content delivery. SCIFI Network members interact with the SCIFI studio via remote web-based conferencing tools thereby providing students with access to a variety individuals not immediately based in the Los Angeles region.

SCIFI Global Network Members 2009-2010

Amale Andraos & Dan Wood
Founders and Principals, Work Architecture Company, New York
Adjunct Faculty, Princeton University School of Architecture

Jose Castillo
Principal of Arquitectura 911sc, Mexico City
Faculty, Universidad Iberoamericana
Facukty, School of Design of the University of Pennsylvania

Odile Decq
D.P.L.G. and D.E.S.S.-Urbanist
Founder and Principal, ODBC, Paris
Director, Ecole Special d'Architecture, Paris

Carol Coletta
President and CEO, CEOs for Cities
Host, Smart City Radio

Joshua Decter
Director, Public Art Studies Program, USC Roski School of Fine Arts

Joseph Grima
Director, Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York

Mark Hinshaw
FAIA FAICP
Principal and Director of Urban Design LMN Architects, Seattle

Jeffrey Johnson
Principal of SLAB Architecture PLLC, New York
Director, China Lab, GSAPP Columbia University

Sam Lubell
Editor, The Architect’s Newspaper – California Edition, Los Angeles

Kieran Long
Editor, The Architect’s Journal, London

Carey Lyon
Founding Director, Lyons, Melbourne
Adjunct Professor, Architecture and Design, RMIT
Past National President of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects

Neville Mars
Architect and Chairman of the Dynamic City Foundation, Beijing

Thom Mayne
Founder and Principal, Morphosis, Los Angeles and New York

Markus Miessen
Principal, Studio Miessen, nOffice, Berlin
Director, Architectural Association Winter School Middle East

Rene Peralta
Architect and Founder, Generica, Tijuana
Associate Professor, Woodbury University School of Architecture, San Diego

Wolf Prix
Founder and Principal, Coop Himmelblau, Los Angeles and Vienna

Chris Reed
Principal Stoss Landscape Urbanism, Boston
Design Critic in Landscape Architecture
Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Ilka Ruby
Architect and Editor, Co-Founder Textbild and Ruby Press, Berlin

Andreas Ruby
Architectural Critic and Theorist, Co-Founder Textbild and Ruby Press, Berlin

Lars-Henrik Stahl
Professor, Department of Architecture and Built Environment
Lund University, Sweden
Visiting Professor, University of Hertfordshire, Great Britain

Chris Stutz
Director, SPACE SYNTAX, London, Great Britain

Roemer van Toorn
Head Projective Theory Berlage Institute, Rotterdam
Faculty, Delft School of Design (DSD)
TU Delft School of Architecture, Holland

Alex Wall
Architect and Chair of Urban Design and Planning
University of Karlsruhe, Germany
Member, Urban Matters Netz



Eligibility and Applications
SCIFI is open to applicants with a professional degree in Architecture or a Bachelor degree or equivalent in any field. SCIFI welcomes interdisciplinary applicants from fields such as architecture, planning, urban design, landscape architecture, real estate and geography.

Applications for admission to the 2009–2010 class are due on or before March 4, 2009.
For information on applying to this program, please contact SCI-Arc’s admissions office