Student Thinking about Steel and Border Crossings
This spring The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) sponsored by The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) organized the fourteenth annual steel design student competition for the 2013-2014 academic year. This program is intended to challenge students, working individually or in teams, to explore a variety of design issues related to the use of steel in design and construction. Steel must be used as the primary structural material and contain at least one space that requires long-span steel structure, with special emphasis placed on innovation in steel design.
The competition this year included a category about a border crossing stations. Some of the selected sites by the winners included Kygyzstan-China, Gibraltar-Spain, Antartica, and two locations in the US-MX border: Nogales-Nogales, and Brownsville-Matamoros. The project “Both Nogales” by Katarina Svensson from University of Maryland explores the creation of a nationless zone anchored by civic center spanning over the border. The project “Bridging the Border” by Andres Garza from Virginia Tech (featured earlier this year in the BLW with an interview) creates a new typology where border crossing can be beautiful and pedestrian, inviting and well designed.