I though about it all the time I was there. Just looking at how they had invented, you know, putting up electrical wiring of course that would never pass any of our city standards, but it's there and they're getting water there. And actually some of the most fascinating architecture that I've seen was by an architect in California, named Teddy Cruise, who works across the line with Tijuana, Mexico. And all the sort of building materials that are being cast off and would not even have probably gone for recycling in San Diego, he's been able to create a way for them to find their way into Mexico. And he's created a whole architecture that's based on you know recycling window frames, garage doors, siding and roofing, in very practical ways.
And it's like: Oh, this is a meshwork, for sure, because he has taken this sort of building-material intelligence from the States into a whole different culture and put it into ways that are much more appropriate to the way Mexicans like to live: still in fairly extended families and have their businesses right close to where their homes are.
So I'm really not discouraged by what you see in those favela or by this kind of huge sprawl that we see, because I think that now we're also at a stage in the world where simply because the large cities have every culture from the world represented in them in some way, we've never ever had that before. So we've got this cross-over and meshing of intelligences we've never had before, so there is not predictability about what will happen.
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