Immigration policies have been front and center during this election year as candidates and citizens alike have thrown out their ideas for the best approach to the issue. And now, an architecture firm has put forth its own idea for how to solve the contentious problem surrounding country borders.
As ArchDaily reports, fr*ee, an architecture firm founded by Fernando Romero, has come up with the idea of creating a binational city on the border of the United States and Mexico. The city would be conducive to both sides of the border, use tools of enterprise such as special economic zones, and blend the cultures of each country to create something entirely new and unique.
The ‘border city’ would be situated in New Mexico, Texas, and Chihuahua, an ideal location thanks to the new inland port of Santa Teresa, the I-10 highway, the seven existing border crossings, and the population of the area totaling over 100 million people, meaning an introduction of a new city would actually be feaasible.
The masterplan for the project was unveiled at the London Design Biennale between Sept. 7 and Sept. 27. The concept has been designed so it is transferable for other binational cities around the world, but a specific city in a real world locale was needed in order to properly create the masterplan.
For more information go to fr*ee’s website or watch the video below.