The United States of Design

Teddy Cruz likes architecture that tells a good story. When some teens wanted to build San Diegos first skate park in 1999, the police shut them down. So, says Cruz, “the teenagers organized and went through a complex process, gaining control of the site.” The result, Washington Street Skatepark, became a way to collectively rethink development. Cruz brings intelligent architecture to disadvantaged communities. “Im interested in the construction of community,” Cruz says. “How does one design the interface between people, programs, and spaces?” His breakthrough housing projects in downtrodden places, including several neighborhoods near the San Diego-Tijuana border, emphasize “the construction of synergies, allowing people to move to the next level in terms of jobs and forming communities.”

via The New Masters | Fast Company.

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