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Victor Sanz | Master in Architecture and Urban Design

Laura Janka  | Master in Architecture and Urban Design


196,925 Meters
Mapping the Border of Mexico City as an Event in the Physical and Virtual Landscape
Laura Janka Zires (MAUD ’11), Victor Muñoz Sanz (MAUD ’11)

Sponsors: Penny White Fellowship

Mapping the border of Mexico city as an event in the physical and virtual

Flows of exchange go across the artificial edge condition of Mexico City’s political boundary: natural systems, movement of people and goods, infrastructure and informality constantly violate the border perpendicularly. ‘196,925 meters’ is the systematic documentation by a two-sided geo-tagged panorama of the diverse conditions on the edge through walking along it. It would be both a performance and a statement: a performance since the act of us as individuals in a particular Landscape condition in a particular time would constitute a fundamental part of the work and its result, where time, space, our bodies and the relationship between them and the moving flows are the basic elements; a statement for it aims to be a call for a regional thinking in Mexico City and neighboring areas, which must acknowledge the necessity of understanding transversal landscape and infrastructural systems independently of political boundaries. While social phenomena, ecological systems and infrastructure should work organically thus respond to social and environmental natural dynamics, the geographic line that defines what is in and what is out, leaves in its place a field if not of battle, of great conflict.

The borderline can no longer be seen as merely a line, but as a place of exchange. Developing this new transversal panorama would urge a shift of representation; from plan view, to section; from linear to perpendicular. It would also require a shift in scale: mapping the complex regional scale panorama by tiny fragments of human-scale reality revealing the potential of the border as a system.