Raúl Cárdenas Osuna | Contra-Discipline and Civic Muscle

September 2, 2021

Raúl Cárdenas Osuna | Contra-Discipline and Civic Muscle Architectures of Care, Fall 2021 Sciame Lecture Series Bernard & Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, The City College of New York Raúl Cárdenas Osuna is the founder of Torolab (Tijuana, Mexico), an artist collective, workshop and laboratory of contextual studies that identifies situations or phenomena of interest for research, basing the studies in the realm of lifestyles to better grasp the idea of quality of life. Their work has been shown at MoMA, New York City; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; MCA Australia; Havana, Liverpool, Lyon, and Venice Biennials; and has received awards by the Rockefeller Foundation and Harvard’s Cultural Agents Initiative, among others. In 2011, Cárdenas Osuna founded and directed the Digital and Creative axis for the Metropolitan Strategic Plan of Tijuana-Rosarito-Tecate; and was named Person of the year by Tijuana’s newspaper *Frontera*. Cárdenas Osuna has been an advisor for Tijuana’s government on sustainable city development and social innovation. He currently directs the program of the Transborder Farmlab and the Applied Social Research and Innovation Lab (LiiSA) in Tijuana/Mexico City. Series theme: Architectures of Care | In a world riven by inequality and indifference, care work has become essential and highly visible in its capacity to create more sustainable worlds. How can architecture support and nurture care work and the values of cooperation and commoning that go with the recognition of care as an essential form of labor? Convened by Cesare Birignani and Vyjayanthi Rao, the lecture series explored the notion of care and the ways in which architecture might contribute to repairing built environments and social fabrics.