The 2014-15 Civic Imagination Series presents a public discussion with:

Justin McGuirk


Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 // Noon

Visual Arts Space #402 at the Structural and Materials Engineering Bldg
UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, California 92093

Justin McGuirk will discuss his new book, Radical Cities, recently published by VERSO. McGuirk is a writer, critic and curator based in London. He is the director of Strelka Press, the publishing arm of the Strelka Institute in Moscow. He has been the design critic of The Guardian, the editor of Icon magazine and the design consultant to Domus. In 2012 he was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture for an exhibition he curated with Urban Think Tank.


A set of public programs that address pressing bio-regional and global socio-economic, urban and environmental issues. These meetings focus on a critical analysis of local conflicts in order to re-evaluate the meaning of shifting global dynamics, across geo-political boundaries, natural resources, cultural demographics, urbanization and social justice. In previous years, the series has included Eyal Weizman, Andrew Ross, Richard Sennett, Hou Hanru, MAP Office and many others.

The 2014-15 speakers represent some of the most important and vibrant voices today in the fields of design, architecture, urbanism and social / political theory, including artist-activist Jeanne Van Heeswijk, architect Jean Philippe Vassal, political theorists James Tully and Benjamin Barber, writer and curator Justin McGuirk; urban researche rAnanya Roy, and New York Times architectural critic, Michael Kimmelman.

The Civic Imagination Series is co-curated by Fonna Forman, co-director of the Center on Global Justice, and Teddy Cruz, co-director of the Center for Urban Ecologies in the Visual Arts Department. This year’s series will be assisted by Visual Arts PhD student, artist-curator Stephanie Sherman.


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