GROWING URBAN HABITATS

Estudio Teddy Cruz | Casa Familiar

San Diego, CA | N/a | Project Link

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Individual creation is suitable in developed nations in which the populus has things like capital and leisure time. In developing countries, however, to build you house alone is both a physical and economic imossibility. Neighborhoods rise out of collective effort, the accretion of objects and spaces, the layering and overlapping of public economic activity and private personal space. Cruz's "Living Rooms on the Border" understands this mode operation that is so foriegn to suburban Americans. Devised not as a one-off experiment in personal modification, the architect supplies the frame and lets the accretion flow freely, ultimately resulting in a richer fabric than any single architect or resident could produce. The concentration around a local church identifies the cultural significance of public spaces as generators for private enterprise.

Research By: Harding

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