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Campus Currents May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

MoMA Mia

Teddy Cruz is known for pushing the boundaries of architecture, and often at the boundary between the United States and Mexico. So, it's not surprising that a few of his outside-the-box proposals were featured in the exhibit "Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement" at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City, from October 2010 through January 3, 2011. The UCSD Visual Arts professor and architect exhibited a pilot affordable-housing project undertaken in 2001 with nonprofit Casa Familiar as well as two other small-scale projects, Living Rooms at the Border and senior housing with childcare.

The MoMA exhibit showcased 11 architectural projects on five continents that employ the tools of architecture to meet the social and community needs of underserved neighborhoods. Besides Cruz's San Ysidro projects, the exhibit included work by architects Alejandro Aravena, Diébédo Francis Kéré and Michael Maltzan. Cruz's innovative, pilot housing project featured 12 units of affordable senior housing integrated into a block-long loggia. The loggia will serve as shared communal space for markets, festivals and other social activities, and will be interspersed with semipublic gardens. Since many immigrant grandparents are raising their grand­children, the project plans also include a full-time day-care center.

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—Dolores Davies