As with many other Latin American cities the most noticeable feature of Tijuana is its inequality. As we drove we saw McMansions that would be at home in any (North) American suburb. The View from the top McMansions.
Strip malls dot the 'nice' neighborhoods When asked if San Bernardo (my thesis site) is a safe area, Oscar says that he actually feels safer there than in the nicer neighborhoods. When inequality is great, fear becomes architecture.
A Blog to share design, research, thoughts, and anxieties as I look for fruitful contradictions during thesis-prep research Fall '08 and thesis design Spring '09.
-Quilian Riano Masters of Architecture (MArch) I AP '09 Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD)
Abridged Thesis Statement: This thesis seeks to identify a design methodology that allows for critical engagement in the informal city. To be effective, this way of working needs to be flexible, accommodating unexpected change across time. It should also take into account the social and environmental conflicts inherent in informal settlements.
Program: The design of a community center, 30 houses, a waste water treatment plant, and plant nursery