I find it interesting that Rios approaches the transformative education through architecture and design. A lot of what he mentions has been very real to me whenever I try to approach a community different than mine. From projects made in Mexico through my last Major Studio project I have found it hard to design for a certain group of people. As it says on the reading, we assume that “anything is better than what is there” without questioning us “for whom will it be “better”, and by what set of criteria is “better” defined?”. Even when I have tried approaching the community in regard and trying to “see with their eyes” and target their needs, sometimes the “spaces” of information lacking are too big in order for reach to an understanding. Even when the intentions and wills are good the change of perception is harder that we imagine.
By: Karen Mercado