Here at Q-CAD architectural drafting services, we like to stay apprised of interesting news in the world of architecture. Here are some recent stories that piqued our interest, and which show some exciting developments in the architecture around the world.
Tijuana Architecture School Hopes to Reshape City
When most Americans hear “Tijuana,” they don’t usually think about institutions of higher learning. The city is famous both north and south of the border for being a hot spot of tourism and general debauchery, its name a shorthand for shady activities and less than reputable people. Of course, there is much more to the city than its questionable reputation would imply. In fact, one three-story building in the heart of the city’s red light district is providing something entirely different: an education in architecture.
The school, known as the Escuela Libre de Arquitectura, accepted its first class in the fall of 2014. According to architect and founder Jorge Gracia, the intention behind the school is to train locals in the ways of building and design, with the hope that they will then stay in the area and apply their knowledge to the eventual transformation of the city.
As Tijuana has become an important stop on North American trade routes, the city’s culture has flourished, leading it to become a hotbed of Mexican artistic innovation. According to Gracia, however, the city’s cultural development has been sadly lacking when it comes to architecture. As the city has grown, new expansions have been haphazardly added to the city’s outskirts, contrasting with what Gracia calls the local context. By teaching locals the hands-on skills they will need to become builders of their own, the school aims to empower Tijuana residents with the ability to reshape their own city while still preserving its unique flavor and identity.[i]
2015 United States Artists Fellowship Winners Include 2 Architects
Since 2006, the United States Artists (USA) organization has awarded $50,000 fellowships to artists and designers across multiple disciplines, including visual arts, theater, dance, and design. Among this year’s list of 37 new fellows are two architects, Jonathan Muecke and Chat Travieso.
Muecke is a graduate of Iowa State University who gained attention for his work with the firm Design Miami. He specializes in contemporary design, with an emphasis on reimagining furniture. The other architect to receive the award, Travieso, focusses on the design of public spaces.[ii]
United States Artists was founded in 2006 through funding by the Ford, Rockefeller, Rasmuson and Prudential Foundations, with a mission to alleviate the lack of unrestricted funding available to artists in the U.S. According to the selection criteria, fellows are chosen through a rigorous screening process that identifies artists and designers who display originality in their work and represent the diverse spectrum of artistic practices in the United States.[iii]
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