fr*ee presents a US-Mexico border project at the London Design Biennale
One of the most public and policy-related debates about spatial boundaries, those of the United States and Mexico, is explored in a project currently on display at the London Design Biennale. Directed by Fernando Romero and his team at FreeBorder City introduces the idea of a binational city on the border, a place where “cultures collide and mingle to create something completely unique.”
The population of the states along the borders of these two countries is now more than 100 million people, which is enough to facilitate the creation of a new city. fr*ee explained that “the frontier city is the first integrated binational city master plan that is favorable to both sides of the border, and uses the tools of institutions such as special economic zones to defend its viability.” The masterplan is developed in detail in london biennial design, As shown in the video below. The exhibition is open from 7 to 27 September.
The proposal arose from contemporary debates about issues of immigration, border control, and free trade, as well as the incendiary ways in which people stir up problems without looking for viable solutions. This concept is rooted in the long history of places where borders meet, places such as Hong Kong, Andorra, Baarle-Hertog/Barley-Nassau and Stansted/Derby Lane.
fr*ee Explained in a press release: Economic, social, cultural and environmental sustainability are urban assets and organizational principles for the design of the proposal. Difficult ‘border situations’ around the world are likely to multiply as populations grow, immigration increases, and the economy continues to globalize. Romero presents an urban prototype that, with a hexagonal plan, could offer a new paradigm for a rapidly evolving world.
The first proposed city is on the cusp of New Mexico, Texas, and Chihuahua. The research and ideas put into the conceptual design would be transferable to other binational cities, but to give physical form to these concepts, a particular city had to be considered.
This union of states was seen as a very fruitful area due to the completion of the new inland port of Santa Teresa, the I-10 highway connecting the east and west coasts, and the seven border crossings located in the area. Each of them represents an extraordinary opportunity for logistics and product transportation in the region, which combine to form the critical infrastructure needed for a plan like this.
For more information, visit Location fr * ee Plus the Border City video at the London Design Biennale below.
Fernando Romero, Sergio Rebelo, Unai Artetics, Jessica Wang, Daniela Gallo, Rotting Wang, Joao Urbano, Pedro Ramirez de Aguilar, Gaya Sella, Alexandra Lucianova, Roman Thijsen, Luis Torres Lira, Yuri Jeong, Francisco Rocha, Regel Palmer Davila, . David Forsyth, Felipe Jose Lacerda Neto, Osmin Jose Lopez Avalos, Dante Baldasin, Tracey Jozikowski, Gabriel Maes, Turco Colak, Yanni Wang, Yuan Liu, Yuiming Zhao, Xiao Ju
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