Fluctuating borders: speculations about memory and emergence
Fluctuating borders is a publication which reconsiders the possibilities for international borders. In this volume, designers and theorists from multiple but cognate disciplines such as Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and the Visual Arts have reflected on and critiqued notions of memory, fluctuation and emergence. This publication begins with examining how Mexico, America and Australia are conceptualised not just in terms of how border spaces are remembered but how they are represented and organised. These countries share a common thread—a colonial past. Australia and America are a part of the Western world and are regarded as developed nations. Mexico, on the other hand, is positioned on the fringes of the Western world and is commonly understood as a developing nation. Our investigation, here, aims at interrogating and confusing, theoretically and practically, the polarised structure and rigidity of these territorial and national representations by forming connections along lines of difference thus discovering how the outside can be implicated in the inside. Extending the complexity involved in border conditions to other parts of the world, we have also included one example from Israel as expressive of another voice in conundrum. We acknowledge that the material presented in this publication is only a beginning, but nonetheless felt compelled to publish it now to contribute to this ongoing dialogue about the possibilities of international borders.
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