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The Borderless Collection features work, research and studies that are public through the Internet and submissions made to this platform, and organizes this content from different sources and disciplines. Every possible effort is made to acknowledge authors and sources in this borderless resource.

Community stations: a fie [...]

The border region is a unique urban laboratory for researchers to engage solution-centered processes that produce new inclusive forms of sustainable urbanization. This is the premise of the UCSD Cross-Border Initiative based in San Diego – Tijuana border region led by  Fonna Forman, Associate Professor of Political Science, and Co-Director of UCSD Center on Global Justice (ORU), […]

New tools, new geographies

Twenty years ago (February, 1996), just a  few years after NAFTA took effect, new border region mapping efforts started being developed and published by the Shared-Water Resources Issues Team from the U.S. Department of Interior. Spanning across eight different watershed systems, this first generation of post-NAFTA border area integrated maps were developed using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The United Stated developed […]

Old Mexico lives on

I was approached by several people early this year who know about the Borderless project in regard to this article in The Economist. It was interesting to learn that many people in the U.S. where actually surprise to learn why states such as California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas have a high numbers of Mexican-origin […]

Banking on the Border

In 2012, Lateral Office (Canadian-based design firm founded in 2003) in collaboration with Drylands Institute (non-profit research/education organization based in Tucson, Arizona) took the long view and imagined a near a near future when cooperation and sharing of resources requires even greater integration in the US-Mexico border region. Through this survey of water, urbanism and agriculture, “Banking […]

The Nafta Landscape

Featured in the Landscape Architecture Magazine, July 2011, the The Nafta Landscape by Carolyn Deuschle is a an overview to the after effects of the Nafta treaty in the urban context of Northern Mexico. With the City of Chihuahua as a main case study this is a reflection of the planning and design work by […]

The Hyperborder after 8 years

In 2005, the first Hyperborder conference took place in the sister cities of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez. It brought together participants from academia, business and government sectors from both countries to increase awareness of the region’s challenges and opportunities and outline steps to foster its growth and development. The BLW  is trying to track the […]

Dead end to Open-ended

I am having a conversation this weekend with Julia Farr. I was very excited to read Julia’s contribution this week in the SLUM Lab magazine, just issued this month. The SLUM Lab is a collaborative project founded by UTT and Columbia University. Her article was a brief, yet had a strong statement: “The US-Mexico border is an […]

The Rio Grande-Bravo Watershed

Daniel Huffman, cartographer, posts at somethingaboutmaps the watershed of the río Bravo-Grande: “Getting data there has been pretty easy, but I find conflicts sometimes in what towns and rivers are named. I’ve tried to go with what seems to be the most official naming. I’ve also decided to keep the “Rio” in Rio Grande when […]

The Northern Border

Canada and the U.S. share an amazing geographic feature: The Great Lakes. Water as a common ground has brought many challenges and controversies through the years along this border region, but also has been a great excuse for collaboration and initiatives. The Great Lakes Century is an initiative, a vision that Philip Enquist shares and leads […]

Welcome to United North America

This space is becoming a tool to archive research, projects and initiatives that work within the context of the Mexican-American border. My lastest finding, after recalling a conversation with David A in Guadalajara last October, was through ArchDaily. First, David mentioned a competition back in 2005, which I thought it was Arquine’s, but then I […]

Social mapping >> Hero Report

Hero Reports / Crónicas de Héroes is a campaign of positive thinking. It gives citizens a place to report acts of civic courage and other positive contributions to society that they have witnessed. We believe that given the right tools all citizens can create a stronger sense of civic pride and help build a more civil […]

Public space as an international gateway

The magazine Arquine has focused their annual competition on the border region for the third time: This year the area that called for ideas was the Chaparral bridge over the Tijuana River (more accurately a canal) adjacent to the San Ysidro crossing.  The crossing of streets Vía de la Juventud Oriente y la calle Jose Ma. […]

Banking on the Border

In 2012, Lateral Office (Canadian-based design firm founded in 2003) in collaboration with Drylands Institute (non-profit research/education organization based in Tucson, Arizona) took the long view and imagined a near a near future when cooperation and sharing of resources requires even greater integration in the US-Mexico border region. Through this survey of water, urbanism and agriculture, “Banking […]

The Nafta Landscape

Featured in the Landscape Architecture Magazine, July 2011, the The Nafta Landscape by Carolyn Deuschle is a an overview to the after effects of the Nafta treaty in the urban context of Northern Mexico. With the City of Chihuahua as a main case study this is a reflection of the planning and design work by […]

The Hyperborder after 8 years

In 2005, the first Hyperborder conference took place in the sister cities of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez. It brought together participants from academia, business and government sectors from both countries to increase awareness of the region’s challenges and opportunities and outline steps to foster its growth and development. The BLW  is trying to track the […]

Dead end to Open-ended

I am having a conversation this weekend with Julia Farr. I was very excited to read Julia’s contribution this week in the SLUM Lab magazine, just issued this month. The SLUM Lab is a collaborative project founded by UTT and Columbia University. Her article was a brief, yet had a strong statement: “The US-Mexico border is an […]

The Rio Grande-Bravo Watershed

Daniel Huffman, cartographer, posts at somethingaboutmaps the watershed of the río Bravo-Grande: “Getting data there has been pretty easy, but I find conflicts sometimes in what towns and rivers are named. I’ve tried to go with what seems to be the most official naming. I’ve also decided to keep the “Rio” in Rio Grande when […]

Water as a platform for cooperation

The Rio Grande/Bravo is a transboundary water source shared by the United States and Mexico.  At this time in Mexico there is limited capacity to develop efficient management plans for the water in the Rio Grande/Bravo basin, given the existing infrastructure and the methods of application and distribution of the water. The Center for Research in Water Resources (CRWR) of the University of Texas at Austin in […]

The Northern Border

Canada and the U.S. share an amazing geographic feature: The Great Lakes. Water as a common ground has brought many challenges and controversies through the years along this border region, but also has been a great excuse for collaboration and initiatives. The Great Lakes Century is an initiative, a vision that Philip Enquist shares and leads […]

How to create a research network

How to create a research network Some remarks and thoughts about the South American Project symposium at Harvard GSD last October 7-8; a highly ambitious network project and a great reference for the BLW.

Changing Boundaries Map Exhibit – ASU

Maps tell stories. The School of Transborder Studies at the Arizona State University is presenting the exhibit Changing Boundaries that tells the story of how the U.S.-Mexico border evolved over the past four centuries. October 10 – December 1

Public space as an international gateway

The magazine Arquine has focused their annual competition on the border region for the third time: This year the area that called for ideas was the Chaparral bridge over the Tijuana River (more accurately a canal) adjacent to the San Ysidro crossing.  The crossing of streets Vía de la Juventud Oriente y la calle Jose Ma. […]

Old Mexico lives on

I was approached by several people early this year who know about the Borderless project in regard to this article in The Economist. It was interesting to learn that many people in the U.S. where actually surprise to learn why states such as California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas have a high numbers of Mexican-origin […]

The Northern Border

Canada and the U.S. share an amazing geographic feature: The Great Lakes. Water as a common ground has brought many challenges and controversies through the years along this border region, but also has been a great excuse for collaboration and initiatives. The Great Lakes Century is an initiative, a vision that Philip Enquist shares and leads […]

The Bridge and the Park Competitions

Last year, Arquine called for submissions for its annual design competition located for the second time in the context of the Mexican-American border. A Media Park in the PRONAF area in Ciudad Juárez (PRONAF stands for ‘Border National Program’). Back in 2004, the theme of the competition was proposing a ‘pedestrian border crossing’ in response to the […]

Borderless America

“We have been educated to be different by defining boundaries; we haven’t been educated on how to be similar and understanding boundaries as flexible spaces” -Lautaro Núñez, Chilean anthropologist

Social mapping >> Hero Report

Hero Reports / Crónicas de Héroes is a campaign of positive thinking. It gives citizens a place to report acts of civic courage and other positive contributions to society that they have witnessed. We believe that given the right tools all citizens can create a stronger sense of civic pride and help build a more civil […]

Space as an agent of social change

If space can be an instrument of conflict, politics and militarization, by the same token it could also be the agent of social change […] One has to imagine the possibility to construct an urbanity that emerges from conflict. An open-ed from Mexico City by Jose Castillo, DOMUS Read the complete article

How to create a research network

How to create a research network Some remarks and thoughts about the South American Project symposium at Harvard GSD last October 7-8; a highly ambitious network project and a great reference for the BLW.

Extending imaginary lines

PE3 it’s an initiative co-organized and produced by Teddy Cruz, Oscar Romo and Andrea Skorepa based in the context of  San Diego / Tijuana. The Political Equator was conceptualized by Teddy Cruz in 2005. Considering the Tijuana-San Diego border as a point of departure, The Political Equator traces an imaginary line along the US–Mexico border and extends it directly across […]

Water as a platform for cooperation

The Rio Grande/Bravo is a transboundary water source shared by the United States and Mexico.  At this time in Mexico there is limited capacity to develop efficient management plans for the water in the Rio Grande/Bravo basin, given the existing infrastructure and the methods of application and distribution of the water. The Center for Research in Water Resources (CRWR) of the University of Texas at Austin in […]

How to create a research network

How to create a research network Some remarks and thoughts about the South American Project symposium at Harvard GSD last October 7-8; a highly ambitious network project and a great reference for the BLW.

Vision of Shared Infrastructure

The New York Times reviews this story of shared infrastructure between San Diego and Tijuana. An airport on one the Mexican side of the border, its parking on U.S. side. Tijuana Airport is the gateway (not forgetting to mention a more affordable option to travel) to Mexico from the U.S , yet is not an easy […]