Banking on the border

Lateral Office


Banking on the Border by Toronto-based architecture firm Lateral Office unfolds the border as a territorial support for building a trans-scalar water infrastructure made of a series of macro and micro-facilities along the ‘necklace’ of US-Mexican twin cities. The border becomes a device for enhancing a series of shared water supplies and services, from the regional to the urban and local scales, allowing a shift ‘from border control to border exchange and cooperation (…)’ (Lateral Office, 2012). By making water public across the border, the project’s aim is to produce ‘new landscapes, new public realms, and new sites of economic exchange’ (Lateral Office, 2012).
These are the elements which the project assumes as part of its field of interest along and across the border at different levels.

Cover image: Section through various water border conditions, Lateral Office, 2012

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