Lou Elena Bouey
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At the Bordered Land
The project is a series of research and design enquiries on climate displacement adaptation at the US-Mexico border – focusing on the twin border-cities of El Paso and Juarez, spatial epitomies of post-colonial separation legacies, mass migration and extractive production. It attempts to map out the complex, systemic and intersectional issues that connect border cities to environmental displacement – directly relating to contemporary ideas of capitalism, nation-states and urban citizenships. Outlining the borderland as a particular urban typology, it proposes to analyse it under its separatory and contradictory form, retracing its histories of violence and extraction, in order to challenge its cartesian perception and reveal a more rhizomatic, productive reading of border-cities as crossroads in an urban continuum. Identifying key fractures (lines of Tight) in both system and urban fabric, it analyses the potentials held by the Borderplex for alternative transversal methodologies of production based on ideas of repair, integration and porosity.
El Paso, US / Ciudad Juárez, MX