Archive for June, 2011

Border Economies

June 19, 2011

 

 

Could a new type of industry cluster provide more efficient, social, or productive trade ecologies? Would larger more integrated versions of this cluster system redefine development trends along the U.S.-Mexico border? Could the clustering of different industries along a larger territory linked by a rail system create a more efficient industrial ecology that responds to the poverty in these cities?

via InfraNet Lab » Blog Archive » Border Economies: the Maquiladora Export Landscape.

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Infrastructural Opportunism, A Manifesto

June 12, 2011

Architects as Expert Generalists

via InfraNet Lab » Blog Archive » Infrastructural Opportunism, A Manifesto.

PE3 | At the edges

June 9, 2011

From the start, we faced the machinery of a state apparatus controlling the movement of people.  Event organizers negotiated with both U.S. Border Patrol and Mexican border authorities for over six months to obtain permission to cross at the informal site of Goat Canyon, yet the status of the permissions kept changing all morning, and changed again just minutes before our  crossing–scheduled for 12:30 PM.

via Feature story | At the edges.

Interview with Eyal Weizman

June 9, 2011

The illusion of our time is that violence and its chaos can be brought under the discipline of an economy of calculations.

via The Believer – Interview with Eyal Weizman.

We Need a Fence

June 7, 2011

We Need a Fence | Home.

“let freedom ring” = we need a fence

…? how much more hypocritical can you get

Demographics

June 5, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

USD: KSPS: TBI: TBI Mapping Project.

Architect envisions border wall as good neighbor | At the edges

June 5, 2011

Architect envisions border wall as good neighbor | At the edges.

Among the highlights:
· Using the massive steel structure of some sections of the wall, water is heated and distributed to clinics, hospitals and schools. A water collection system also provides a drink for wildlife, immigrants and others stranded in the desert, while simultaneously triggering alarms to notify border patrol officers of medical emergencies and illegal crossings.
· An elaborate wastewater treatment plant along the New River that flows from Mexicali into Calexico cleans toxic materials in one of the United States’ most polluted rivers.
· A “burrito wall” features a food cart inserted into the wall, allowing people from each side of the border to share a meal, chat and conduct business, all within full view of security.
· A lending library or confessional straddles the borderline, keeping a barrier in place while supporting learning and spiritual health for residents on either side.
· A system of water catchment basins and rainwater collection shed roofs along the wall beside the Rio Grande River further discourage border crossing while guarding against devastating and costly city flooding.

POLITICAL EQUATOR 3

June 2, 2011

POLITICAL EQUATOR 3.

What does the Political Equator mean to you?

Politicizing the equator, or Equating the political…? something to note: we think of the equator as an object, but also in defining the conception, is the concept of the word equate. a goal is partially to equate the juxtaposed states along the border. not equate in terms of weight, but equate in terms of consideration. an equal consideration of the politic of both sides…