By definition, borders lie on the edges, resulting in a dichotomized spatiality, which in the case of San Diego–Tijuana is defined by an architecture of surveillance and militarization. The effects and of globalization have widened the gap between the wealthy and the poor, and perhaps nowhere is this disparity illustrated in such palpable detail as in the borderlands of the United States and Mexico.

Borderwalk transforms the border into a center, and creates junctures rather than limits. It resurrects the forgotten landscape held captive between the two existing border walls and elevates it. It is served by a light rail transit system and introduces multiple new crossing points, facilitating increased movement and dialogue. It creates space for bi-national farmer’s markets, recreational sports, and community gardens. It is a place for families and friends separated by the border.

Globalization has created a multitude of new boundaries—both physical, and imaginary, which requires contemporary architecture to develop a more comprehensive and integrated spatial, social, and political consciousness if it intends to be a relevant voice in future conversations.

site plan
site plan
axonometric diagram
structural diagram
borderwalk meets the Pacific Ocean at Playas de Tijuana
amphitheater in Smuggler's Gulch
along Avenida Internacional
san ysidro
market and transit platform at the existing San Ysidro Port of Entry
perspective 2
access point in the Colonia Libertad
perspective 3
a walk on the borderwalk
otay mesa
looking west from the Laguna Mountains