Canclini would be proud!!!

ill stick to being a modernist for things like this!

estare en este evento el viernes.

Aesthetics vs Post-Aesthetics

In response to the pressure that globalization exerts upon our world, often resulting in homogenized environments/aesthetics,
art theory there is increasingly has returned to an apolitical, universal, and transcendental definition of aesthetics that relies upon the autonomy of the object. This perspective offers a seductive appeal, for the designation of inherent value to art objects themselves; subjectivity no longer overtly negotiates its meaning and returns as the repressed other. Conversely, alternative art discourses which focus on historicizing or contextualizing aesthetic judgments in order to decode their social imperatives, seem to be rapidly loosing purchase. Architectural theory, in turn, responds to these contradictory approaches with a parallel discourse that opposes the competing aesthetic drives of ideology and autonomy. Within this narrowing critical climate of visual arts and architecture, is there a possibility to seek a third interpretive path, which negotiates through steadfast notions of beauty and style, while remaining open to differentiated, cultural and contextual aesthetic sensibilities?

The 2009 Schindler debate, "The Aesthetic vs. the Post-Aesthetic," will explore these issues in architecture. The debate proposes to construct an open framework for discussion based upon the positions offered by two influential texts written by authors from the 'outside' of architecture's disciplinary boundaries--Jurgen Habermas's "Modernity an incomplete Project," (1980) and Dave Hickey's "Enter the Dragon: On the Vernacular of Beauty“ (1993). In this forum for discussion Woodbury architectural theory students will present points of view from both sides of the debate, structuring a conceptual apparatus that will allow participants to wrestle with the role and significance of the always-elusive question of aesthetics and aesthetic experience in architecture.\\

Friday, April 3rd

6:00pm Friday Fix

6:30pm Schindler Debate

Schindler House

835 N. Kings Road,

West Hollywood, CA 90069


Ultima Conferencia del Semestre

Andrew Zago Zago Architecture

Es un placer tener a Zago en Woodbury, uno de los arquitectos que mas aprecio y admiro

Jueves 2 de Abril 7 pm
Woodbury University School of Architecture
2212 Main Street
San Diego, CA 92113
en Barrio Logan


Zocalo de Tijuana

El proyecto en el que colabore con, Adriana Cuellar (CalPoly/ Harvard) Marcel Sanchez (Ibero/UCLA) Jose Parral (UC Berkely/AA Londres) Miguel Escobar (UABC/ETSAB) Daniel Carrillo (IIT) y Arturo Gonzalez - Jose Blas (alumnos de Woodbury University) , esta publicado en la pagina zocalotj.blogspot.com. Es el Proyecto Invisible 2 - Hoja Urbana. Junto con otros proyectos de muy buena calidad.

"El objetivo de dar a conocer las propuestas no seleccionadas es que salgan a la luz una variedad de visiones diversas sobre este mismo tema, toda propuestas urbano-arquitectónica lleva implícita la propia visión e interpretación del o los creadores, y el hecho de darlas a conocer es para enriquecer la reflexión de lo que debería ser un espacio urbano en Tijuana, sin intentar manifestar que son la respuesta correcta no seleccionada."


Marcelo Spina Lecture/Conferencia
26 Mar 2009, thursday/jueves
7pm/6pm (hora de tijuana)
Woodbury San Diego main gallery
2212 Main St.
San Diego, CA 92113

Fresh $1.00 tacos made on-site, live performance by Sol Jibe and
bartender to follow lecture.

For more info on Marcelo Spina:

For more info on Sol Jibe:


Today, and for only 200 pesos I bought this great book at Comercial Mexicana, titled “df a la mano” – a sort of illustrated guide of Mexico City with a pinch of ethnographical perspective. The book covers all kinds of things to do, buy and experience in the infamous mexican capital, from churros and hot chocolate to nightclubs, galleries, tailors, masons, computer repair, shoe repair and many other activities and places that not only make this book useful to visitors, but for the common chilango living there ,a must have A-Z of DF -the short prologue explains it well “…a guide to help make better use of the city”

As I walked in the store it caught my eye, specifically because it resembles somewhat Here is Tijuana in its cover and paper quality and it has basically the same dimensions. This 400 page guide is easy to read, the pages and illustrations are direct and elegantly designed and while it has the quality of a coffee table book , the info inside plus its compact size makes it a perfect companion while visiting this monstrous and fabulous city.


Black Dog or Copy Cat?

Articulo 125 – Ley Federal Del Derecho De Autor

Los Editores de libros tendrán el derecho de autorizar o prohibir:

I. La reproducción directa o indirecta, total o parcial de sus libros, así como la explotación de los mismos

II. La importación de copias de sus libros hechas sin su autorización

Por medio de este post quiero aclarar que si participe con un proyecto en el concurso Zócalo 11 de Julio. El proyecto se hizo en conjunto con los arquitectos; Adriana Cuellar, Marcel Sánchez, Miguel Escobar, Daniel Carrillo y los alumnos de Woodbury University, Arturo González y José Blas. El proyecto NO fue seleccionado para la votación que se esta llevando acabo en estos momentos. El proyecto que esta dentro de los cinco finalista con el pseudónimo “black dog” no es nuestro y tampoco conozco a los que lo elaboraron. Ver pagina del patronato. Sin embargo las imágenes utilizadas por el participante “black dog” escaneadas del libro Aquí es Tijuana y Here is Tijuana están protegidas por derechos de autor de la casa editorial (Black Dog Publising, LTD. Londres), los co-autores Fiamma Montezemolo, Rene Peralta y Heriberto Yepez.

Es triste que no se respeten los derechos y esfuerzo de tantos años de trabajo que toma realizar una obra como la de “Aquí es Tijuana”. Las Imágenes del equipo “back dog” fueron utilizadas sin permiso y con intención de hacer uso de ellas para fines de lucro, que lastima que dentro de un concurso -que me imagino serio y justo- se autorizen presentar trabajos que violen las derechos de la obra artística y literaria presentada en Aquí es Tijuana.


Rene Peralta


Conversations on Urban China: Jeffrey Kipnis and Thom Mayne

Conversations on Urban China with Sylvia Lavin
Director of Critical Studies and MA/PhD programs in UCLA’s Department of Architecture and Urban Design, Sylvia Lavin engages artists, architects, and curators in a series of lively discussions on how cities are increasingly molded by images rather than buildings; on whether art and architecture are converging to form an integrated type of cultural consumption; and if the concept of the masterpiece has finally been destroyed by the sheer quantity of global design production.

Jeffrey Kipnis is professor of architectural design and theory at the Knowlton School of Architecture at Ohio State University and architecture/design curator for the Wexner Center for the Arts. Thom Mayne, Professor, UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design, is principal of Morphosis, founded as an interdisciplinary and collective practice involved in experimental design and research.

ALL HAMMER PUBLIC PROGRAMS ARE FREE. Tickets are required, and are available at the Billy Wilder Theater Box Office one hour prior to start time. Limit one ticket per person on a first come, first served basis. Hammer members receive priority seating, subject to availability. Reservations not accepted, RSVPs not required.

Parking is available under the museum for $3 after 6:00

Public programs are made possible, in part, by a major gift from Ann and Jerry Moss.

Additional support is provided by Bronya and Andrew Galef, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, an anonymous donor, and the Hammer Programs Committee.

Urban China: Informal Cities
Where: Los Angeles, CA - Hammer Museum
When: Sunday, April 26, 2009 - Sunday, July 19, 2009

Urban China: Informal Cities is the first U.S. exhibition of Urban China magazine, the only magazine devoted to issues of urbanism published in China. The magazine’s global, cross-disciplinary network of correspondents and collaborators merge rigorous methods of data collection and analysis of rapidly developing cities in China, with witty graphic representations of their findings. This major installation will include a built environment of reclaimed construction materials; a massive wall graphic combining photographs, found images, numerical data and maps; a Flash-based, user-navigable database of photographs; and a selected collection of past issues of Urban China. Urban China’s project at the Hammer Museum will be presented simultaneously with works by Jeremy Deller, Daria Martin, and Mathias Poledna for the Three Museum Project.

This exhibition is part of the Three M Project, a series organized by the New Museum, New York; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.



Download the new Call for Submission - Poster for Clean Urbanism and post it in your faculty!

When it comes to Clean Urbanism - i.e. an urbanism that is dedicated to minimizing both the required inputs for a city of energy, water, and food as well as its waste output of heat, air pollution as CO2, methan, and water pollution - a lot of proposals have been made recently for the building of so-called "eco-cities" that produce their own energy from the wind, the sun, bio-fuel, or recycled waste. But it has often been denied that such sources of energy, being integrated directly into cities, are highly inefficient, very expensive, and in the case of wind energy, very noisy. Nevertheless, wind turbines in an urban realm, for example, nowadays feature in almost every urban competition entry that requires sustainable energy concepts. Solar panels on rooftops have become state of the art on innumerable new building designs, however inefficient and expensive they are.

The question is: how might we achieve a Clean Urbanism that is socially, economically, and politically, but also environmentally correct? In the final analysis, what kind of soap or detergent do we need to achieve true Clean Urbanism? How can we achieve a Clean Urbanism that does not only look clean, but really is clean? How can the know-how that has been sucessfully acquired on the architectural level over the last 2 decades, be transferred and applied to the urban level? How could cities be organized, orientated in a more intelligent way to achieve Clean Urbanism? How might Clean Urbanism become more than just a lable to brand a city? How could we smarten-up existing cities and transform them into clean cities? How does clean architecture differ from clean urbanism? What does cleaniless actually mean on an urban scale? How can Clean Urbanism be affordable for everybody and become a global concept not only for the upper classes? How could we ultimately save our planet by changing our cities with Clean Urbanism?

This issue of MONU is meant to initiate an advanced discussion and stimulate new and fresh ideas surrounding those abovementioned questions to discover and increase our understanding of how Clean Urbanism could actually work. How can Clean Urbanism become more than just adding greenery onto buildings? How might we zoom out and acquire a global view on Clean Urbanism without getting lost in useless details?

We invite serious scientific data-based analyses, critical essays, fearless projects, audacious art projects, and brave photography on the topic of "Clean Urbanism" for our next issue of MONU. The scope cannot be wide enough. Ideas and abstracts should be sent to info@monu-magazine.com by the end of May 2009. MONU #11 will be published in the summer of 2009.