#InequalityIs Teddy Cruz on inequality and public spaces

#InequalityIs  Teddy Cruz on inequality and public spaces

Inequality is an
institutional assault on human
dignity. The inability and unaccountability
of institutions to produce more inclusive social
and economic frameworks is really about the
loss of hope, the loss of aspiration, the loss of a public collective
imagination. To tackle inequality the responsibility falls
on all of us. The survival of the
individual today depends on the health
of the collective As an architect, I think that we can tackle
inequality by shifting
our own tools. And, in fact, begin to intervene on the
unexpected places. We need to intervene
and invest in the most marginalized,
impoverished zones of
the city, to reimagine public space. Less as a space of beautification and more as a space of
education. Of community and civic
engagement. That public space can be the platform where that meeting of cross-institutional
knowledges can occur. We can dismantle inequality by producing new strategies of
coexistence and interdependence. We as artists, architects,
thinkers need to reengage a very
different paradigm. One that is defined by shared
values, and common interest and mutual responsibility. One that is defined by a new
civic and public imagination It is about human dignity
that everyone, regardless of their gender,
race, or class, deserves accessibility
to opportunity.

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