Attend the ACT! Symposium, 4/16 and 4/18

Join the ACT! Symposium at the GSD on April 16 and 18. ACT! is an event in three parts–Keynotes, Workshop, and Symposium–addressing the relationship between local communities, urban policy, and politics; more specifically, the implications of this relationship for design practice and pedagogy.


On Saturday April 16th ACT! will bring together three pairs of urban changemakers who will share their singular approaches and the challenges they have encountered in their regions:


Teddy Cruz, Professor of Public Culture and Urbanization in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego, where he is founding Co-Director of the Center for Urban Ecologies and the Blum Cross-Border Initiative.

Fonna Forman, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego and founding Co-Director of the UCSD Center on Global Justice and the Blum Cross- Border Initiative.


Sergio Fajardo, former governor of the state of Antioquia, Colombia and mayor of the city of Medellin (2003 to 2007). Fajardo’s career has oscillated from journalism and academia to independent politician.

Alejandro Echeverri, Loeb Fellow 2016, cofounder and director of URBAM, the Center for Urban and Environmental Studies at EAFIT University in Medellín, Colombia.


Caroline Shannon de Cristo, cofounder of +D Studio and curator of Park and Institute Sitiê, both located in the Favela of Vidigal in Rio de Janeiro.

Pedro Henrique de Cristo, cofounder of +D Studio and executive and design director of Park and Institute Sitiê.
When: April 16, 9:30 am-2 pm
Where: Piper Auditorium


In the afternoon of April 16th, work with these practitioners to analyze and model approaches to urban narratives as a vehicle for design processes at various scales which connect communities with policymakers.
When: April 16, 2 pm-6 pm
Where: Piper Auditorium


On Monday April 18th, conclusions from the workshop will prompt four different panels, featuring senior GSD faculty and distinguished guests. In a forum where students will set the agenda, we will ask: How can we transform design education in order to engage more pragmatically with real life challenges, across disciplines and scales?
When: April 18, 2 pm-8 pm
Where: Stubbins

Download the ACT! Dossier. Capacity for the Workshop and Symposium is limited. Please register on ACT! - People | Design | Politics.

ACT! is an initiative of Loeb Fellow Alejandro Echeverri in collaboration with GSD students, faculty, and the Loeb Fellowship. 

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