MUD Studio, Summer 2009: Tijuana

  • Work by Jaipal Singh for MUD studio in Tijuana taught by John Hoal, Summer 2009.
    Work by Jaipal Singh for MUD studio in Tijuana taught by John Hoal, Summer 2009.
  • Work by Jaipal Singh for MUD studio in Tijuana taught by John Hoal, Summer 2009.
    Work by Jaipal Singh for MUD studio in Tijuana taught by John Hoal, Summer 2009.
  • Work by Jaipal Singh for MUD studio in Tijuana taught by John Hoal, Summer 2009.
    Work by Jaipal Singh for MUD studio in Tijuana taught by John Hoal, Summer 2009.
  • Work by Andrew Zimmerman for MUD studio in Tijuana taught by John Hoal, Summer 2009.
    Work by Andrew Zimmerman for MUD studio in Tijuana taught by John Hoal, Summer 2009.
  • Work by Andrew Zimmerman for MUD studio in Tijuana taught by John Hoal, Summer 2009.
    Work by Andrew Zimmerman for MUD studio in Tijuana taught by John Hoal, Summer 2009.
  • Work by Andrew Zimmerman for MUD studio in Tijuana taught by John Hoal, Summer 2009.
    Work by Andrew Zimmerman for MUD studio in Tijuana taught by John Hoal, Summer 2009.

MUD International Studio: Tijuana, Summer 2009
Tijuanologies…..identity….community…..culture……public space…….in the border lands

John Hoal, Associate Professor
Jose Blas Herrera, Lecturer Abroad
Arturo Gonzalez Maldonado, Lecturer Abroad

Straddling the global border between the third and first worlds, the Tijuana/San Diego metropolis defies urban typology, constituting a dialectic territory in which the interdependencies and systemic organizations of comingling formal and informal rationales create a platform of indeterminacy. The fixed and static attempts to construct boundaries, layers of fences, gates, and surveillance manifest a reactionary confusion to—and mask the dynamic complexity of—environmental symbiosis. This studio exposes the multiplicities of the region through the study of identity, community, culture, and public space in this borderland.

Tijuana's urban texture is in a process of regeneration due to economic changes in bi-national market activity, migration, and development of ecological awareness at state and private levels. Local NGOs and other community groups have initiated a series of urban interventions with the purpose of involving citizens in rethinking and appropriating their right to the city. This studio works on various (real) client-driven projects with the intention of generating conceptual designs that will aid in the decision-making process for the execution of more detailed plans and work within the established framework plan created during the Summer 2008 studio. Projects include: ecological housing developments that counter developer-driven, low-income communities; gallery spaces and live/work flats in consolidated older communities that need redevelopment; mapping and developing a series of plots throughout the city for community art and culture events; and public recreational spaces. The goal is to develop innovative design and community process guidelines for an already socio-cultural diverse city in one of the most important border regions of the world.