MEXUS: A Geography of Interdependence

MEXUS: A Geography of Interdependence, a visualization project that investigates the many cross-border flows—the watersheds, indigenous and protected lands, and ecological and metropolitan zones—that transgress the US-Mexico border. The wall is not simply a place where things end. MEXUS considers a more porous border region and  challenges the legitimacy of an undifferentiated line between nations imposed onto a territory, which truncates the social and environmental systems that bridge divided nations. MEXUS presents a thicker set of ecologies framed by the existing structure of binational watersheds that sustain the entire region.

Public exhibition of MEXUS: A geography of interdependence
Seoul Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism, Seoul, September 2019.

Critical Care: Architecture and Urbanism for a Broken Planet, Architekturzentrum Wien, Vienna, April 2019

Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment traveling exhibition: Crystal Bridges, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2019.

Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival, XII Triennale Milano, Milan, March 2019.

U.S. presentation of Dimensions of Citizenship: Architecture and Belonging from the Body to the Cosmos, Wrightwood 659, Chicago, February 2019.

Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, September 2018.

Dimensions of Citizenship, U.S. Pavilion, The 18th Venice Architectural Biennale, Venice, July 2018

Fonna Forman and Teddy Cruz, “Nation against Nature: From the Global Border to the Cross-Border Commons,” Architectural Design, forthcoming

Fonna Forman and Teddy Cruz, “Interdependence as a Political Tool: Three Building Blocks for Gaza,” Open Gaza, eds. Vyjayanthi Rao and Michael Sorkin, New York: UR Books, 2019.

Fonna Forman and Teddy Cruz, Fonna Forman and Teddy Cruz, “Access all areas: the porosity of a hostile border”, Architectural Review (May 2019): 18-23.

Fonna Forman and Teddy Cruz, “Citizenship Culture and the Transnational Environmental Commons,” Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment, eds. Karl Kusserow and Alan Braddock. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018.

Fonna Forman and Teddy Cruz, “MEXUS | US-Mexico Border,” in Critical Care: Architecture and Urbanism for a Broken Planet, eds. Angelika Fitz, Elke Krasne, and Architekturzentrum Wien (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2019).

Fonna Forman and Teddy Cruz, “MEXUS: A Geography of Interdependence,” Catalogue Essay in Dimensions of Citizenship, ed. Nick Axel, Nikolaus Hirsch, Ann Lui and Mimi Zeiger (Inventory Press), 2018.

“7 highlights from Venice Architecture Biennale are now in the soaring Wrightwood 659 gallery in Chicago”, Blair Kamin, Chicago Tribune, March 12, 2019

“Artists, Architects Reimagine the Possibilities of Design in ‘Dimensions of Citizenship’”, Marc Vitali, WTTW PBS News, Chicago, March 12, 2019

2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, U.S. Pavilion: Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman, Architectural Record Videos, August 31, 2018

“Two worlds at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale”, David Neustein, The Monthly, July 2018

“Federal government funds art project to erase US-Mexico border”, Martin Barillas, Spero News, June 11, 2018

“DS+R and Studio Gang explore ‘Dimensions of Citizenship’ within Venice Biennale’s US Pavilion”, Philip Stevens, designboom, June 6, 2018

“With the world watching, US architects rebuke Trumpism at the Venice Biennale, Allyssia Alleyne, CNN International”, June 4, 2018

’Freespace’ Shows That Architects Must Retool Their Relationship to Power—and to the Biennale”, Phillip Denny, Metropolis Magazine, June 4, 2018

Highlights from the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, Tina Marinaki, Archisearch.Gr, June 2, 2018

“Shine a Light: At the Venice Architecture Biennale, U.S. Entries Tackle Citizenship, Visibility”, Jane Gayduk, ARTNEWS, June 1, 2018

“Presencia de México en la 16° Muestra Internacional de Arquitectura de la Bienal de Venecia”, Arch Daily, Pabellón de Mexico, June 1, 2018 

Notes from the 2018 Venice Biennale, Cathleen McGuinn and Beth Broome, Architectural Record, May 30, 2018

United States Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, e-flux architecture, May 30, 2018

“A new U.S.-Mexico border? At the Venice Biennale, imagining a binational region called MEXUS”, Carolina A. Miranda, LA Times, May 23, 2018

“Chicago in Venice: A first look at the U.S. pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale”, Chicago Tribune, Blair Kamin May 23, 2018

“At Venice Architecture Biennale, U.S. Pavilion exhibits ‘Dimensions of Citizenship’”, Hosted by Frances Anderton, KCRW Chicago Radio, May 22, 2018

A cross-border city? Apartments for San Diegans in Tijuana? How architects defy Trump’s wall, The Washington Post, Ian Volner, April 17, 2018.

“At Venice Architecture Biennale, U.S. pavilion tackles borders and citizenship: With no mention of the T word”, Curbed, Giovanna Dunmall, March 31, 2018

“New Details Announced for the U.S. Pavilion Exhibition at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale”, Ayda Ayoubi, Architect (Journal of the American Institute of Architects), March 14, 2018.

“U.S. Pavilion at Biennale Architettura 2018 Announces Details of Architects’ Projects for Dimensions of Citizenship”, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, March 13, 2018

“First glimpse: The seven ‘Dimensions of Citizenship’ installations of the U.S. Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale”, Justine Testado, Archinect, March 13, 2018.

“U.S. Pavilion Announces Seven ‘Dimensions of Citizenship’ Projects for 2018 Venice Biennale”, Architectural Record, Miriam Sitz, March 12, 2018

“Holy, holistic, resilient, rebellious and on-the-border: 5 recurring keywords at Venice Biennale 2018: 5 recurring keywords at Venice Biennale 2018. National pavilions respond to the FREESPACE main theme with visionary masterplans for Jerusalem Western Wall, a Trump defying US-Mexico border, the millennials’ occupation of Budapest’s Liberty bridge and more…”, Archipanic, May 30, 2018

“The UK, US, and Israel pavilions present powerful political critiques at the Venice Biennial”, Anne Quinto, Quartzy, May 29, 2018

“U.S. Pavilion announces design teams for 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale,” Jackson Rollings, The Architect’s Newspaper, September 12, 2017.

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