Two Sides of the Border
During the spring 2018 semester, Tatiana Bilbao’s studio collaborated with thirteen architecture studios in Mexico and the United States on an ambitious project that examined, researched, and introduced architectural issues related to the United States and Mexico. At a moment where issues of migration are at the forefront of political discourse and while NAFTA is being renegotiated, this overdue examination is an urgent challenge to architectural education. In almost every way the two countries perform as a region. And although the economy, infrastructure, languages, history, and cultures are shared, the current political climate emphasizes sharp differences across the border. To redefine and reimagine the region as an integrated whole is a critical project for architectural, political, and cultural institutions today.
The exhibition will focus on selected work by students of all the studios. The academic initiative is organized into five overall topics: territorial economies, migration, housing and cities, tourism, and creative industries and local production. Within those themes each studio professor selected a line of investigation. The show features models, maps, collages, and conceptual drawings that altogether convey the breadth of the architectural issues and challenges. Construction models for a catalog, urban plans for downtown Monterrey, and conceptual border scenarios in El Paso will all be presented in various student projects.
As the centerpiece of the exhibition, photographer Iwan Baan was commissioned to travel to each of the studio sites to capture the changing landscapes and architecture’s role in culture. These photographs reinforce the academic research by documenting the conditions of life for the people on both sides of a border and reflecting the architectural opportunities offered by these scenarios.
Coordinated by Tatiana Bilbao, a visiting faculty member at the Yale School of Architecture, the exhibition is designed and curated by NILE, the design office of Nile Greenberg, who taught with Bilbao during the spring semester at GSAPP.
The studios included in the show are:
- Tatiana Bilbao and Andrei Harwell’s studio on reinvigorating rural Mexico, at the Yale School of Architecture;
Tatiana Bilbao and Nile Greenberg’s studio on Remittance Homes, at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation;
Jorge Eduardo Galvan Salinas’s studio on downtown Monterrey, at the Universidad de Monterrey;
Juan Pablo Serrano Orozco’s studio on development outside Mexico City, at the Universidad Iberoamericano;
Karolina Czeczek’s studio on producing a food hub in the Ohio Valley, at the University of Cincinnati;
Ana Paula Ruiz Galindo’s studio on food production in Ulysses, Kansas, at The Cooper Union;
Derek Delekamp and Rozana Montiel’s studio on reconceiving the Tijuana−San Diego border, at Cornell University Architecture, Art, and Planning;
Raveevarn Choksombatchai’s studio on conceptual border strategies, at University of California, Berkeley;
Stephen Mueller’s studio on border dust, at Texas Tech University;
Ersela Kripa’s studio on cross-border pollutants, at Texas Tech University;
Kathy Velikov’s studio on border water conditions, at Taubman College, University of Michigan;
Juan Miro’s studio studying Monterrey and Austin, Texas, at the University of Texas at Austin;
Robert Hutchison and Jeff Hou’s studio on urbanism in Mexico City, at University of Washington.
Conception: Tatiana Bilbao
Director of Exhibitions: Andrew Benner
Exhibitions Coordinator: Alison Walsh
Two Sides of the Border is generously supported by Sasha C. Bass and sponsored by Maharam.
The Yale School of Architecture’s exhibition program is supported in part by the Fred Koetter Exhibitions Fund, the James Wilder Green Dean’s Resource Fund, the Kibel Foundation Fund, the Nitkin Family Dean’s Discretionary Fund in Architecture, the Pickard Chilton Dean’s Resource Fund, the Paul Rudolph Publication Fund, the Robert A.M. Stern Fund, the Rutherford Trowbridge Memorial Fund, and the School of Architecture Exhibitions Fund.