The New School, Graduate Program of International Affairs and Teaching Assitant to Design & Urban Ecologies

Communities of proxy challenge the status quo of the dominant, destabilizing qualities of political economic structures.  Collectively, communities become states of exception through opposition.  Long term community partnerships are void of the ‘other’ if points of cooperation – in relation to and among many actors – is present amidst points of tension, where complexity is not only identified but internalized.  This pressure is the starting point for experiencing a shift in ideas, which creates the space necessary for movement and change.  Communities become secure in resisting their socioeconomic reality through the formation of their own design.  This design process creates a dialogue based on any perception of the ‘other’, and is politically realized as a voice against structural violence.