Rethinking Shelter: Teddy Cruz

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October 5th 2012, 6:00 pm — 7:30 pm

Location: Mercy Corps Action Center

What: A lecture by Teddy Cruz, Architect, Professor of Public Culture and Urbanism at UC San Diego and Visiting Professor of Cross-Cultural Architecture at Portland State University (PSU).

When: 6 pm, Friday, October 5.

Where: Mercy Corps Action Center, 28 SW 1st Avenue, Portland, Oregon, 97204; 503-896-5747.

RSVP: This lecture is free and open to the public. Please RSVP by emailing us here.

Teddy Cruz observes that “density is not just about units per acre but the number of social and economic exchanges” that can occur.  Cruz — who was born in Guatemala and came to this country when he was 20 — argues that the high-density, ad hoc, “bottom-up” brand of development from our southern neighbor countries provides a better model of urbanism than that of the low-density American suburb. Using informal settlements as inspiration Cruz encourages urban communities to focus less on the physical buildings and more on the “social flow” of their inhabitants.

Cruz is in town as a participant in a Design Charrette about youth homelessness in Portland; read more here. He recently co-taught a graduate architecture design studio course at PSU which is the foundation for Rethinking Shelter, an exhibition of proposed solutions to the issue of youth homelessness in Portland created by Cruz' students. In conjunction with Design With the Other 90%: CITIES exhibit, Mercy Corps, and the Museum of Contemporary Craft, Rethinking Shelter will be on view at Mercy Corps from October 1 - 13. You can read more about this here.