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The Borderless Workshop is the heart of this project. Is where our knowledge, creativity and communication skills come together to rethink cities in this particular border region: Understanding the issues and challenges, making them visible and crafting a vision for border cities in the 21st century. The BLW also features design projects and competitions that have focused on this region.

Rio Grande-Bravo (RGB) Ci[...]

Over the last few months a have been asked multiple times what do I think about the border wall? Should it be redesigned? What is my position? What should be the response in terms of national security or ilegal immigration or drugs or guns traffic? I listened once to journalist Maria Hinojosa from NPR’s show Latino […]

Rio Grande-Bravo (RGB) Cities

Over the last few months a have been asked multiple times what do I think about the border wall? Should it be redesigned? What is my position? What should be the response in terms of national security or ilegal immigration or drugs or guns traffic? I listened once to journalist Maria Hinojosa from NPR’s show Latino […]

Mapeo: A Workshop-Space for Collaboration and Creative Thinking about Cities

Mapeo is a workshop-space for collaboration and creative thinking about cities. Mapeo works with university students from different programs, instructors, community members, and guest experts to exchange knowledge and ideas through an intense boot-camp format. Site visits, work sessions, continuous conversations and presentations iterate in constant creative cycles that allow participants to broaden their understanding […]

The Border Upstream

The Border Upstream: The Parral Riverfront Park Project The idea of a shared vision for cities within the border region based in ecological features becomes stronger when projects like this Riverfront Park are developed – even if these ideas start only as an academic exercise. Cities must rethink their urbanization and growth patterns to better integrate […]

More Bridges, Less Fences: Designing for the Transborder Pedestrian Experience

For those who have crossed the borderline, the pedestrian experience is not necessarily the most carefully designed. Crossing points are car-oriented even though the pedestrian flows are outstanding: 9 million pedestrians cross the Tijuana-San Diego every year; another 4.6 million cross the Ciudad Juarez-El Paso bridges; 2 million in McAllen-Reynosa; ~16 million pedestrians crossing annually […]

The map as an excuse to research and rethink

Mapping CUU has been a collaborative research exercise with the participation of 12 students from 5 universities and different disciplines -architecture, regional planning, anthropology-. With support from the Municipal Institute of Planning, the workshop took place in the city of Chihuahua during May of 2012. Four intensive days of research, conversations with guest experts and […]