In light of recent global events and the ongoing US presidential campaign, immigration and border control have once again become one of the most polarizing political and economic issues. As a way of offering a viable solution for areas where frontiers meet, architect Fernando Romero of fr*ee has conceived a masterplan for a binational city located on the cusp of New Mexico, Texas and Chihuahua.
The “Border City”, currently being exhibited at the London Design Biennale, is meant to function as a special zone where cultures “both clash and blend to create something altogether unique”. It draws from various international examples of “border situations” and aims to reconcile different cultural and economic narratives. This model addresses the specific case of the spatial border between the United States and Mexico, but aims to function as a widely applicable prototype of a new border city.
Hexagonal in plan, the “Border City” would accommodate over 100 million inhabitants who already populate the states along the border between the United States and Mexico. The masterplan includes a proposal for a regional and local infrastructural and transportation network, including various other elements which the visitors of this year’s London Design Biennale can inspect in person until September 27, 2016.