A view on NAFTA/Mexico DF – 20 years after

November 3rd, 2014

This summer, Scapegoat Journal launched its issue dedicated to NAFTA/DF collecting over 25 articles from ~35 contributors.

In this issue dedicated to the aftermath and effects of the North American Trade Free Agreement (aka NAFTA) in multiple places of the NAFTA territory (mostly focused in Mexico City and Central Mexico), the different contributed pieces explore from photographic essays, timelines to mapping exercises take us to a journey of the effects of financial, social and environmental capital in relationship to the territory.

Focused in the geography of the US-MX border region, the BLW contributed with a piece addressing Water Infrastructure Beyond Borders: The Rio Grande-Bravo. This piece is both a brief historical overview of the Rio Grande-Bravo watershed and a speculation based in common challenge -such as the supply, management, and conservation of water. What if water could bring the cities of this region together? The scale of and demand for water infrastructure necessitates a more integrated approach, especially as cities transition to address twentieth-first-century challenges.

nafta mexico df cover

SCAPEGOAT is an Architecture, Landscape and Political Economy is an independent, not-for-profit, bi-annual journal designed to create a context for research and development regarding design practice, historical investigation, and theoretical inquiry.

The journal examines the relationship between capitalism and the built environment, confronting the coercive and violent organization of space, the exploitation of labour and resources, and the unequal distribution of environmental risks and benefits. Throughout the journal’s investigation of design and its promises, it returns to the politics of making as a politics to be constructed.

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