Complicit Expansion, Remission of Ground

May, 2009

This construct is the result of several weeks of research on the border region between the United States of America and Mexico. Research included a week long visit to the border territory in and around Laredo, Texas and Neuvo Laredo, Tamualipas. Studio participants were asked to respond to the research and his or her experience at the border, taking into account issues of exchange, flow, territory and border. This construct attempts to reconcile the fact that each year hundreds of migrants die as the result of American consumerism and our desire for drugs, cheaper goods, services, and labor. The victims of fatal crossings of the border go unnoticed and unacknowledged to the country at large. This proposal is a memorial.

This proposal sets forth a constructed territory where each death is recognized and marked physically for visitors. The construct records an on going tragedy, as a result it grows physically with each additional death along the border. The construct is ephemeral and massive. While the shear size of the memorial is burdensome, the space is one of constant fluctuation. The territory created varies irregularly as shadow and mass intermingle, brought on by the moving sun and the visitors passing through the space of the memorial. The ever changing shadow reaches out and over the land to its north. The construct continues to expand between the bridges where it is located. As a result the memorial begins to deteriorate the American river bank and expand the shared territory of the Rio Grande. The more deaths that occur the more land is given up.


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Image 001: The design sketch attempted to resolve the physical manifestation of the eventual structure as is hangs beneath International Bridge 1

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a + t 47, Interior Matters

May 15, 2017

In Rem Koolhaas's 2014 Elements of Architecture, the facade is defined as the primary signifier of architecture as a whole. In the introduction to the book on facades it states that as "a metonym for architecture … the facade is the element most invested with political and cultural meaning." Thus, arguing that throughout history of architecture the facade has taken on and reflected the cultural and political concerns of the day from nationalism during the renaissance, internationalism during 20’s and 30’s and environmentalism in our current architectural context. Through each of these periods the architect has displayed a fascination and maybe obsession with the facade as the location of innovation in architecture. As more and more of the interior space of buildings is codified and regulated through code and compliance the architect continues to retreat to the skin of the building. Rather than see this as relinquishing of the agency of the architect, can we reimagine the role of the skin in making innovative space? How can the enclosure of the building influence our experience of the space both within and outside of the building? How can the skin of the building become both mediator of its environment and active produce of said environment?


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a + t 47, Interior Matters

May 15, 2017

In Rem Koolhaas's 2014 Elements of Architecture, the facade is defined as the primary signifier of architecture as a whole. In the introduction to the book on facades it states that as "a metonym for architecture … the facade is the element most invested with political and cultural meaning." Thus, arguing that throughout history of architecture the facade has taken on and reflected the cultural and political concerns of the day from nationalism during the renaissance, internationalism during 20’s and 30’s and environmentalism in our current architectural context. Through each of these periods the architect has displayed a fascination and maybe obsession with the facade as the location of innovation in architecture. As more and more of the interior space of buildings is codified and regulated through code and compliance the architect continues to retreat to the skin of the building. Rather than see this as relinquishing of the agency of the architect, can we reimagine the role of the skin in making innovative space? How can the enclosure of the building influence our experience of the space both within and outside of the building? How can the skin of the building become both mediator of its environment and active produce of said environment?


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a + t 47, Interior Matters

May 15, 2017

In Rem Koolhaas's 2014 Elements of Architecture, the facade is defined as the primary signifier of architecture as a whole. In the introduction to the book on facades it states that as "a metonym for architecture … the facade is the element most invested with political and cultural meaning." Thus, arguing that throughout history of architecture the facade has taken on and reflected the cultural and political concerns of the day from nationalism during the renaissance, internationalism during 20’s and 30’s and environmentalism in our current architectural context. Through each of these periods the architect has displayed a fascination and maybe obsession with the facade as the location of innovation in architecture. As more and more of the interior space of buildings is codified and regulated through code and compliance the architect continues to retreat to the skin of the building. Rather than see this as relinquishing of the agency of the architect, can we reimagine the role of the skin in making innovative space? How can the enclosure of the building influence our experience of the space both within and outside of the building? How can the skin of the building become both mediator of its environment and active produce of said environment?


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