ATLAS OF SHIFTING JURISDICTIONS:

DYNAMIC TERRITORIES ALONG THE US/MEXICO BORDER.

Architectural research, 2013.​

Set along the US - Mexican border between the states of Baja California and Arizona in a place where the boundary between the two countries is marked by the ever changing flow of the Colorado River. ‘An Atlas of Shifting Jurisdiction’ is a speculative project that looks at the relationship between an abstract line drawn on a map and a physical and dynamic landscape. The project sets out to design and map the dynamic territory along the US - Mexican border subject to seasonal shifting of jurisdiction and the appearances of territorial loop holes born from a beneficial territorial discrepancy.

 

By identifying state borders as a dynamic system of infrastructure geared towards enforcing these virtual boundary lines, the project develops a set of design proposals and narratives for an opportunistic architecture that responds and interacts with these conditions and exploit the discrepancy in order to operate.