Worldview: Tijuana

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Worldview: Perspectives on Architecture and Urbanism from Around the Globe is a web-based project of the Architectural League that looks at the world’s cities through the eyes of young architects who live and work in them. The project was inaugurated in late 2002 with a report on Caracas, Venezuela, and continues with several new reports each year, concentrating on cities often overlooked by the mainstream architectural press.

Each Worldview report is conceived and assembled by an individual or pair of local architects, with contributions from other members of the city’s architecture community. Each report features an interview with the reporting architects, maps and statistical information, and a richly illustrated timeline of the city’s architectural history. Pressing issues in the city’s development are analyzed in illustrated essays and interviews with local architects and planners. Each report also presents a snapshot of the work of ten to fifteen young architecture firms, providing a compelling overview of the issues and ideas that are inspiring young architects around the world.

The lack of major economic investment, combined with the abundance and exploitation of cheap labor, has prevented a culture of design and building from developing in Tijuana. Regardless, the city fosters a dynamic environment for architects to experiment with alternative ideas of practice through a network of small and informal businesses. It is this environment that attracts most of the firms listed below and keeps them reformulating their constructive and ideological methods and creating practices that opt for process and experimentation.

Worldview has been made possible by grants from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the J. Clawson Mills Fund of the Architectural League, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.