Texas Tech University at El Paso
March 29 – April 1, 2018
Robert Alexander González, Texas Tech University
Rafael Longoria, University of Houston
Kristine Stiphany, Texas Tech University
Proposals due February 1, 2018
Porous borders are often considered problems to be solved, but this condition can also present opportunities to increase cultural exchange, challenge pre-conceived notions, and improve the built environment. This forthcoming gathering brings together prominent scholars and architects to the U.S.-Mexico border to discuss a timely topic. We are accepting abstracts and project proposals presenting new scholarship on the subject in the following areas:
CONTESTATION/RESISTANCE: Work that emphasizes the flows and fluxes that calcify borders and ongoing efforts to resist them.
DISSOLUTION: Work associated with the creation of spatial territories that challenge, expand, diminish, and otherwise dissolve geopolitical barriers.
SYNTHESIS: Work interested in how borders provide a pedagogical datum for the intersection of architecture, urbanism, and Latina/o and Latin American cultural landscapes within studio pedagogy, with particular focus on travelling studios.
TRANSGRESSION/RECIPROCITY: Work that investigates the evolving relationship between social, technical, and biophysical processes that reconfigure geopolitical boundaries to support emergent phenomena.
Please submit statements of interest (one-page) to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 1, 2018. If accepted, you will be asked to submit a larger file. Following the successes of past meetings at Harvard University, Tulane University, and the University of New Mexico, the contents of the conference will be published in a forthcoming issue of AULA: Architecture & Urbanism in Las Américas. Travel subsidies will be provided for selected scholars to present their work at the symposium.