What is a city? Is it a physical place or something else? Who are its citizens? How do they connect, and how do they make decisions? What are the frustrations they experience when trying to find a community and enter a conversation? When a collective dialogue moves toward consensus and mobilization, how important is anger to sustain the initiative? How can anger be turned into constructive behavior? How can architecture and technology play a part in empowering the marginalized and disenfranchised? Are some cities better suited to mobilization than others?
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Teddy Cruz is known for his research on the Tijuana/San Diego border, advancing border neighborhoods as sites of cultural production from which to rethink urban policy, affordable housing, and civic infrastructure. In 2008, he was selected to represent the US in the Venice Architecture Biennale, and in 2011 he was a recipient of the Ford Foundation Visionaries Award. Cruz is a professor in public culture and urbanism at University of California, San Diego, where he founded the Center for Urban Ecologies.
Adam Greenfield is the Founder and Managing Director of Urbanscale and a New York City–based writer and urbanist. His books include Everyware: The Dawning Age of Ubiquitous Computing (2006) and the forthcoming The City is Here for You to Use. With his wife, artist Nurri Kim, Greenfield is cofounder of Do
projects, which since 2010 has conducted innovative walking tours dedicated to investigating the ways in which digital networks gather information from and return it to the street. Greenfield teaches at New York University’s graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program.