Advisor: michael ROTONDI
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
travis VLIET: This thesis creates a zone along the US/Mexico border, which redefines the way a border is used and perceived. By replacing a built wall with a series of architectures that begin to define this new border as a set of complex ‘shared spaces’. This space which is the essential element for the connection situates itself within the existing context to give birth to a new set of conditions, ultimately creating an identity that is neither American or Mexican.
In this zone the program consist of industries and jobs that take advantage of the “border city” economic conditions. The purpose of this is to provide a zone where people from both side of the border can live and work without the difficulties/frustrations of immigration laws.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
tV: Teddy Cruz, Michael Rotondi, Benjamine Bratton
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
tV: Reading: “Exodus, or the Voluntary Prisoners of Architecture” (the final AA 1972 thesis of Rem Koolhaas, Madelon Vreisendorp, Elia Zenghelis, and Zoe Zenghelis), Hyperborder: The Contemporary U.S.? Mexico Border and It’s Future by Fernando Romero; Watching: Border Wars, “Born in East L.A.”; Listening to: NorTec, Passion Pit, KidCudi, Skrillex, Girltalk.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
tV: Morphosis Architects, Roto Architecture, Zaha Hadid Architects, Asymptote Architecture
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