Fakultät Städtebau, Universität Stuttgart
Border Zone/Grenzraum – Vernissage
San Diego (USA) – Tijuana (Mexiko)
Beginn 19.00 Uhr Uhr
Rathaus Stuttgart . Marktplatz (M) 1 . 70173 Stuttgart
Border zones are areas along geo-political borders that have specific restrictions, especially in terms of access, movement and ownership. In opposition to the general understanding of border zones as areas of militarization and control, we use the term to reflect into a broader concept: the border zone as area of exception, opportunity and encounters. The border between the United States and Mexico represents the sharpest divide in average income of any place on earth. In areas like the San Diego (USA) – Tijuana (MX) border, hosting the most frequently crossed international border in the world, the difference could not be more extreme. Yet an enriching hybrid culture, cross border initiatives and Bi-national NGOs are offering alternative ways (yet limited) for readying and engaging in the development of a trans-border Urbanism. During the Winter Semester, 2015/16 students of the University of Stuttgart developed strategic proposals for an 85,000 inhabitants informal development at “Los Laureles Canyon” in the city of Tijuana Mexico. The site mirrors the complexities of the border zone and has been defined as a key action area for transnational social, environmental and urban upgrading projects. The exhibition “BORDER ZONE – GRENZRAUM” makes a portrait of the study site; it is an attempt to show case conflicts and potentials of the MX/US border by zooming into a border community. Diagrams, photos, interviews and students proposals will build the body of the exhibition.
Veranstalter Städtebau-Institut; Universität Stuttgart; Deutsch-Amerikanisches Zentrum / James-F.-Byrnes-Institut e.V. (DAZ); Deutsche Menschenrechtskoordination Mexiko; Engagement Global; Evangelische Akademie Bad Boll; Zentrum für Entwicklungsbezogene Bildung; Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart