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Fernando Romero envisions Mexico and USA Border with Border City over hexagonal layout
Mexico Architecture News - Sep 12, 2016 - 14:15 17427 views
Mexican architect Fernando Romero has revealed new plans of Border City at the 2016 London Design Festival. Debuted at this year's London Design Festival for the first time, Romero's firm FR-EE presents a vision for a binational city on one of the world’s most important borders, that of the United States and Mexico, whose boundary states are now home to over 100 million people.
Romero's concept is rooted in the long history of places where frontiers meet, cities where cultures both clash and blend. This integrated masterplan is conducive to both sides of the border, drawing upon industrial, employment and trade opportunities, while recognising shortcomings in urban planning. Romero’s urban prototype, with a hexagonal plan, might offer a new model for cities as populations grow, migration increases, and economies continue to globalise.
Spanning 290,000000 square-meters, Romero imagines a city where people in developing countries are able to contribute towards society and enjoy the liberties of urban life in a holistic economy. Envision a place where residents are guaranteed security, healthcare and education, a city where access to information is unrestricted and innovative technologies are fully integrated into everyday life.
Considering the global issues in the world, the proposal plan is derived from the most problematic issues including immigration, border control, and free trade debated around the world. The overall hexagonal layout blends the boundaries of some countries consisting of Hong Kong, Andorra, Baarle Hertog/Baarle Nassau, and Standstead/ Derby Line.
FR-EE's united vision combines industrial, employment and trade opportunities seen in El Paso and Cuidad Juarez’s economic prosperity, while recognizing shortcomings in the urban planning of the region’s sister cities.
Cities must embrace these types of opportunities and help redefine the way we live today. The desire is to create an urban model that integrates ideas of sustainability, population growth and urban interactions in an intelligent and systematic manner, prompting us to redefine the notion of a 21st Century city. FR-EE's proposal will on display from 7th to 27th september 2016 at the 2016 london design biennale at somerset house.
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