By definition, borders lie on the edges. The border between San Diego and Tijuana is increasingly defined by a weaponized architecture of surveillance and militarization.

Rather than looking at the wall as something to be punctured or momentarily obscured, how could one, in a sense, reveal the wall? What if this vertical wall plane was flipped on its side, becoming a surface facilitating movement and interaction as a hybridized urban conduit?

Borderwalk creates junctures rather than limits. It resurrects the forgotten landscape held captive between the two existing fences. It provides a light rail transit system and introduces multiple new crossing points. Binational farmer’s markets, parks, and community gardens create new networks for dialogue between strangers, friends, families separated by the current walls.

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