Select Recent Publications and Exhibitions:


Fonna Forman and Teddy Cruz, Top-Down / Bottom-Up: The Political and Architectural Practice of Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman. Berlin: Hatje Cantz, under contract

Helge Mooshammer, Peter Mörtenböck, Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman, eds. Informal Markets Worlds – Reader: The Architecture of Economic Pressure, Rotterdam: nai010 Publishers, 2015.

Fonna Forman and Gerry Mackie, eds. Amartya Sen and the Idea of Justice: Interdisciplinary engagements, London: Routledge, 2013.

Fonna Forman-Barzilai, Adam Smith and the Circles of Sympathy: Cosmopolitanism and Moral Theory (Ideas in Context 96). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.


Articles and papers:


Fonna Forman, “Adam Smith and a New Public Imagination” in Are Markets Moral?, eds. Steven Kautz, Arthur Melzer, Jerry Weinberger, and M. Richard Zinman, University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming.


Fonna Forman and Veerabhadran Ramanathan, “Climate Change, Mass Migration And Sustainability: A Probabilistic Case for Urgent Action,” Humanitarianism and Mass Migration, ed. Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, University of California Press, forthcoming.


Fonna Forman and Teddy Cruz, “Global Justice at the Municipal Scale: the Case of Medellín, Colombia,” in Institutional Cosmopolitanism, ed. Luis Cabrera. New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.


Fonna Forman, “Social Norms and the Cross-Border Citizen: From Adam Smith to Antanas Mockus,” in Cultural Agents Reloaded: The Legacy of Antanas Mockus, ed. Carlo Tognato. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2017.


Fonna Forman and Teddy Cruz, “The Cross-Border Public,” in Public Space? Lost and Found, eds. Gediminas Urbonas, Ann Lui and Lucas Freeman, Cambridge: MIT Press, 2017.


Fonna Forman and Teddy Cruz, “Un-walling Citizenship”, Avery Review: Critical Essays on Architecture, No. 21 (Winter, 2017).


Fonna Forman and Teddy Cruz, “Latin America and a New Political Leadership:

Experimental Acts of Co-Existence,” in Public Servants: Art and the Crisis of the Common Good, eds. Johanna Burton, Shannon Jackson and Dominic Wilsdon, Boston, MA: MIT Press, 2017.

Ramanathan, V., Allison, J., Auffhammer, M., Auston, D., Barnosky, A. D., Chiang, L., W. D. Collins, S. J. Davis, F. Forman, S. B. Hecht, D. M. Kammen, C-Y. C. Lin Lawell, T. Matlock, D. Press, D. Rotman, S. Samuelsen, G. Solomon, D. Victor, B. Washom, J. Christensen, Chapter 1. Bending the Curve: Ten Scalable Solutions for Carbon Neutrality and Climate Stability. Collabra, 2(1), 15. Oakland: University of California Press, 2016. DOI:


Forman, F., Solomon, G., Morello-Frosch, R., & Pezzoli, K, Chapter 8. “Bending the Curve and Closing the Gap: Climate Justice and Public Health”. Collabra, 2(1), 22. Oakland: University of California Press, 2016. DOI:

Fonna Forman and Teddy Cruz, “Changing Practice: Engaging Informal Public Demands” in Informal Markets Worlds – Reader: The Architecture of Economic Pressure, eds. Helge Mooshammer, Peter Mörtenböck, Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman.  Rotterdam: nai010 Publishers, 2015.

Fonna Forman and Teddy Cruz, “Public Imagination, Citizenship and an Urgent Call for Justice,” The Just City Essays, Next City, ed. Toni Griffin, 2015.


Fonna Forman, “From European to Cosmopolitan Freedom” in Freedom and the Construction of Europe, eds. Quentin Skinner and Martin van Gelderen. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.


Fonna Forman-Barzilai, “Smith’s anti-cosmopolitanism,” in Essays on the Philosophy of Adam Smith, eds. Vivienne Brown and Samuel Fleischacker. London: Routledge, 2010.



Policy papers / reports


The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the 21st Century: Report of the Global Citizenship Commission (New York: Open Book Publishers, 2016) Commission Members: K. Anthony Appiah, Laurel Bellows, Nicolas Berggruen, Paul Boghossian, Gordon Brown (Chair), Craig Calhoun, Wang Chenguang, Mohamed ElBaradei, Fonna Forman, Andrew Forrest, Ronald M. George, Asma Jahangir, John Kufuor, Graça Machel, Catherine O’Regan, Ricken Patel, Emma Rothschild, Robert Rubin, Jonathan Sacks, Kailash Satyarthi, Klaus Schwab , Amartya Sen, John Sexton, Robert Shrum, Jeremy Waldron, Joseph Weiler, Rowan Williams, Diane C. Yu (Executive Director).  Submitted to the Secretary General of the United Nations, Monday, April 18, 2016.


Bending the Curve: 10 scalable solutions for carbon neutrality and climate stability. (The University of California, October 27, 2015). Climate Solutions Group members: Veerabhadran Ramanathan (Chair), Fonna Forman (Vice-Chair), Daniel Kammen (Vice-Chair), Juliann E. Allison, Maximilian Auffhammer, David Auston, Anthony D. Barnosky, Lifang Chiang, William D. Collins, Steven J. Davis, Susanna B. Hecht, C.-Y. Cynthia Lin Lawell, Teenie Matlock, Daniel Press, Douglas Rotman, Scott Samuelsen, Gina Solomon, David G. Victor, Byron Washom.


Well Under 2° C: Fast Action Policies to Protect People and the Planet from Extreme Climate Changes, 2016. Ramanathan, V., Molina, M.J., Zaelke, D., Borgford-Parnell, N., Alex, K., Auffhammer, M., Bledsoe, P., Collins, W., Croes, B., Forman, F., Gustafsson, Ö, Haines, A., Harnish, R., Jacobson, M., Kang, S., Lawrence, M., Leloup, D., Lenton, T., Morehouse, T., Munk, W., Picolotti, R., Prather, K., Raga, G., Rignot, E., Shindell, D., Singh, AK, Steiner, A., Thiemens, M., Titley, D.W., Tucker, M.E., Tripathi, S., Victor, D., & Xu, Y, Submission to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change through the Climate & Clean Air Coalition.


Miscellaneous writing


Fonna Forman and Teddy Cruz, “Neutrality is Complicity,” Mexican Cities Initiative, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, March 20, 2017.


“Architects continue to denounce AIA, AN has collected outcry here,” The Architect’s Newspaper, November 15, 2016.


Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman, “The Wall: The San Diego-Tijuana Border,” ArtForum (Summer 2016): 370-375.


Fonna Forman and Teddy Cruz, “Where is the Public Today? Designing for a New Civic Imagination” in By the People: Designing a Better America, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, 2016


Kotti & Co + Estudio Teddy + Forman, “The Retrofit Gecekondu”, Wohnungsfrage (Haus der Kulturen Der Welt) 2015.


Fonna Forman  and Teddy Cruz, “Informal Public Demands,” Cityscapes: rethinking urban things, vol. 7, ed. Edgar Pieterse (2015)


Recent research projects and public interventions by Fonna Forman + Teddy Cruz:

The Cross-Border Citizen, a Bi-national Citizenship Culture Survey designed in collaboration with former Bogotá Mayor Antanas Mockus, that investigates cross-border civic infrastructure, public trust and social norms, to inspire cross-border urban policy and cultural interventions between the cities of San Diego and Tijuana.  Funded by the Ford Foundation and the San Diego Foundation, and exhibited at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco.

EPIC: The Chollas Eco-Village, a cross-sector planning project funded by the California Energy Commission, to design a ‘zero-net energy community’ for the disadvantaged neighborhoods of Encanto.  Partners include the UCSD Center on Global Justice, the UCSD Center for Energy Research, the community-based environmental non-profit Groundwork San Diego, the San Diego Unified School District, San Diego Gas & Electric, and the City for San Diego Planning Department.  The project includes a substantial civic engagement and environmental education focus, including the development and application of an innovative climate attitude and behavior survey, coordinated by the UCSD Center on Global Justice.

The Medellín Diagram, a diagram of political and civic processes for the City of Medellin, Colombia, in collaboration with architect Alejandro Echeverri and graphic designer Matthias Görlich. Exhibited at the Medellin Museum of Modern Art for the 2014 World Urban Forum; the Santa Monica Museum of Art; the 2016 Shenzhen Biennial; and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco.

Mecalux Retrofit, a social housing research collaboration with Mecalux, a Spanish maquiladora in Tijuana to retrofit their prefab metal pallet rack systems into new structural frameworks for housing in the settlements of Tijuana, exhibited at Das Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin and the Cal-Pacific Triennial at Orange County Museum of Art.

Urban Rooms, a public space intervention in collaboration with the City of San Jose and Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana (MACLA) and funded by the NEA and ArtPlace America.

Meeting House at the Old Manse, a temporary public meeting-house and cultural space in Minuteman National Park in Concord, Massachusetts to advance community dialogue about the history of slavery, in collaboration with artist Sam Durant and curator Pedro Alonzo.

The UCSD Community Stations, a network of field-stations located in marginalized neighborhoods across the San Diego-Tijuana border region, where research and teaching are conducted collaboratively with community partners. The Blum Summer Field Internship is an annual paid field-research immersion program that places interdisciplinary teams of UCSD undergraduates in the Community Stations sites.  The UCSD Community Stations have been generously funded by UC Regent Richard C. Blum and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and were honored in 2015 with an inaugural UCSD “Frontiers of Innovation” Center Award, and in 2016 with the UCSD EO/AA Diversity Award. 

Community Stations Public Space Interventions:

The Cross-Border Community Station at Casa Familiar: Living Rooms at the Border, a mixed-use housing development and public space project in collaboration with Casa Familiar to break ground in 2018, funded by ArtPlace America and the Parc Foundation; and exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art New York in Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement.

The Cross-Border Community Station in Tijuana, presently in early design stages.  A 3-D model for UCSD community station infrastructure in Tijuana, and process videos, were exhibited at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, New York in 2016 and the Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM), Los Angeles forthcoming in 2018.

Earthlab Community Station Masterplan, a participatory masterplan design for a 4-acre open-air environmental classroom, is presently in development in collaboration with Groundwork San Diego and the San Diego Unified School District, and funded by the Surdna Foundation.


Exhibitions (Fonna Forman + Teddy Cruz)


2018 “The Cross-Border Community Station,” in Nature's Nation: American Art and Environment, Princeton University Art Museum, Winter 2018.


2017, “The Cross-Border Community Station,” in US/ Mexico Border: Place, Imagination and Possibility, Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) in Los Angeles, September 2017.


2017, “Urban Rooms,” Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman, opening, San Jose, June 2, 2017.


2017, “The Mecalux Retrofit,” Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman in Building as Ever, 2017 California-Pacific Triennial of Art, Orange County Museum of Art, May 2017.


2017 “Visualizing Citizenship: Seeking a New Public Imagination,” solo show, Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman with Matthias Görlich; inaugural exhibition of The City Initiative, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, March 2017.


2017 “Border-Drain Crossing” Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman, in Making Communities; Art and the Border, UCSD University Art Gallery, Spring 2017.


2016 "Radicalizing the Local: 60 Miles of Trans-Border Urban Conflict" in Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter, Estudio Teddy Cruz + Forman, Museum of Modern Art New York, Fall 2016. 


2016 “Cross-Border Community Station,” in By the People: Designing a Better America, Estudio Teddy Cruz + Forman, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, Fall 2016.


2016 “Manufactured Sites,”Constellation.s à Bordeaux: observer les mutations planétaires, Estudio Teddy Cruz + Forman, Bordeaux, June, 2016.


2016  “The Medellin Diagram,” Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman with Matthias Görlich and Alejandro Echeverri, at SME Art Gallery, UC San Diego, January 2016.


2015 “The Medellín Diagram,” Radical Urbanism exhibition, Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman with Matthias Görlich and Alejandro Echeverri, Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (Shenzhen), December 2015


2015 “Retrofit Gecekondu” Estudio Teddy Cruz + Forman with Kotti & Co, “Wohnungsfrage”, Berlin Social Housing Exhibition, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, October 2015.


2015 “Political Equator 2015”, Estudio Teddy Cruz + Forman in Moving Images, M+ Hong Kong, April 2015.


2015 “The Cross-Border Citizen,” Estudio Teddy Cruz + Forman in Left Coast: California Political Art, The Graduate Center, CUNY, April 2015


2014 Architectures of Civic Freedom: Where the top-down meets the bottom-up,” Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman in Scientia Civitatis: Missing Titles, Hugh Lane, Dublin, Ireland, March 2014.


2014 “Visualizing Citizenship: The Medellín Diagram” Teddy Cruz, Alejandro Echeverri, Fonna Forman and Matthias Görlich, in Citizen Culture: Art and Architecture Shape Policy, curated by Lucia Sanromán, Santa Monica Museum of Art, September, 2014.


2014 “The Medellín Diagram: A Story of Civic Freedom,” Teddy Cruz, Alejandro Echeverri, Fonna Forman and Matthias Görlich, an exhibition for the UN-Habitat World Urban Forum, The Medellín Museum of Modern Art, Medellín, Colombia, April 8-10, 2014.