An architectural thesis from Rice University:
This border region is “a dynamic, hybridized, and rapidly growing regional zone,” Gelles writes, “known as ‘Amexica’ or the ‘third space.'”
He continues, outlining the broader political intentions of the project:
- The emergence and potential of this “third space” as an economic engine and potential immigration buffer has been jeopardized by US policies towards Mexico such as the Secure Fence Act of 2006, which insists on understanding the border as a line, rather than its reality as a blurred zone of transition. This project proposes building a thickened, connective infrastructural corridor landscape to unite the sister cities (in place of the divisive 700 miles of fence currently under construction by the US government) and generate the resources and conditions for an independent, neutral border nation to emerge.