Knowledge-Exchange Corridors: The UCSD Community Stations Initiative
KNOWLEDGE-EXCHANGE CORRIDORS: THE UCSD COMMUNITY STATIONS INITIATIVE
By Teddy Cruz and Mike Cole
August 11-September 23, 2011
Panel Discussion and Opening Reception
Friday, August 19, 2011
Calit2 Auditorium 5pm-6pm
Gallery Reception 6pm-8pm
Summer Workshop Series
Friday August 19, 26, September 2, 9, 2011
KNOWLEDGE-EXCHANGE CORRIDORS: THE UCSD COMMUNITY STATIONS INITIATIVE is an exhibition and summer workshop program by Teddy Cruz and Mike Cole. The \"UCSD Community Stations\" is a pilot community outreach initiative that will introduce a series of collaborative projects across a collective body of university leaders from campus departments and centers and a variety of social service and cultural community-based agencies located in demographically diverse neighborhoods in San Diego.
Two joint ventures will frame this initiative: The Center for Community Well-Being (CCW)–affiliated with the Division of Social Science and led by Mike Cole- will partner with the San Diego Workforce Partnership’s South Metro Center, located in South East San Diego, to focus on issues pertaining community health and service, K-12 education and job training in technology fields. The Center of Urban Ecologies (CUE)-- affiliated with the Division of Arts and Humanities and led by Teddy Cruz -- will partner with Casa Familiar, a social service and cultural agency located in the border neighborhood of San Ysidro, to focus on community-based arts and public culture, affordable housing and inclusive urban development.
Working closely with Calit2, CCW and CUE will enable UCSD Community Stations to become corridors of knowledge-exchange that will link the specialized knowledge of the University and the ethical knowledge embedded in communities in order to produce a new form of urban pedagogy. This initiative, framed by Calit2-generated technology infrastructure, will enable San Diego communities to interact with each other while meeting their needs by leveraging a wide-array of resources at UCSD, including faculty and students.
Teddy Cruz is UC San Diego\'s Professor in Public Culture and Urbanism in the Visual Arts Department. He was born in Guatemala City. He obtained a Master\'s degree in Design Studies at Harvard University in 1997 and established his research-based architecture practice in San Diego, California in 2000. He has been recognized internationally for his urban research of the Tijuana-San Diego border. In 1991, he received the prestigious Rome Prize in Architecture and in 2005 he was the first recipient of the James Stirling Memorial Lecture On The City Prize. His work has been profiled in important publications including The New York Times, Domus and Harvard Design Magazine. In 2008, he represented the US in the Venice Architecture Biennial and this year his work will be included in Small Scale, Big Change exhibition at MoMA. He is currently a professor in public culture and urbanism in the Visual Arts Department at University of California, San Diego, where he co-founded CUE, the Center for Urban Ecologies.