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 on the Border seeks to create water free trade zones, which harvest water from other sources, including rainwater, flood water, agricultural runoff, and air-borne moisture. Banking on the Border imagines water banks, water markets, soft water treatment, forming a new, discontinuous ‘wet’ border between the US and Mexico”.
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