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"La Línea Borrosa" Proposes a Shared Space at the US-Mexico Border

In 1971, Friendship Park was created at the western coast of the US-Mexico border, a small strip of land where the United States and Mexico were separated by just a single chain-link fence to offer friends and family in San Diego and Tijuana a place to meet and spend time together. The park was a small acknowledgement of the effect of border politics on human lives; all the same, border politics made a dramatic comeback in 2009, when the US created a second fence, severely limiting access to the park. Eight kilometers (5 miles) to the East, pedestrians wishing to cross the border are funneled alongside twenty lanes of traffic, over a bridge with high fences on either side.

These less-than-ideal conditions led Patrick Cordelle, a bachelor's student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to design "La Línea Borrosa" (The Blurred Line), a combined pedestrian border crossing and shared national recreation space for the Tijuana-San Diego coastline.

Detail of the Spiral Pier's outer skin. Image Courtesy of Patrick Cordelle Roof plan of the Spiral Pier. Image Courtesy of Patrick Cordelle Interior perspective of the Spiral Pier. Image Courtesy of Patrick Cordelle Courtesy of Patrick Cordelle

Casa de las Ideas Library / CROstudio

  • Project Architects: Adriana Cuellar, Marcel Sánchez
  • Location: Popocatépetl, Camino Verde, 22190 Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
  • Collaborators: Gabriela Bendeck, Arturo González, Joseph Ruiz Tapia
  • Structural Engineering: Fernando Arroyo
  • Construction: Grupo LARC Walter López Arce, Berta Sánchez Rabago
  • Project Area: 220.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: CROstudio

© CROstudio © CROstudio © CROstudio © CROstudio

HDJ75 / T38 studio

  • Architects: T38 studio
  • Location: Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
  • Area: 290.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Alfredo Zertuche

© Alfredo Zertuche © Alfredo Zertuche © Alfredo Zertuche © Alfredo Zertuche

TED Talk: How Architectural Innovations Migrate Across Borders / Teddy Cruz

In this TED talk, architect and urbanist Teddy Cruz urges us to rethink urban growth. Sharing lessons from the slums of Tijuana, Cruz denounces the “stupid” and consumption-driven ways in which our cities have been expanding and declares that the future depends on the reorganization of social economic relations. 

Lopez Lujano House / Oficina 3

  • Architects: Oficina 3
  • Location: Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
  • Design Team: Omar J. Bernal, Daniel Carrillo
  • Area: 290.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Carlos Varela and Oficina 3

© Carlos Varela and Oficina 3 © Carlos Varela and Oficina 3 © Carlos Varela and Oficina 3 © Carlos Varela and Oficina 3

VIA Corporativo / Guillot Arquitectos

© Carlos Varela
© Carlos Varela
  • Architects: Guillot Arquitectos
  • Location: Calle 18, Libertad, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
  • Area: 22670.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Carlos Varela

© Carlos Varela © Carlos Varela © Carlos Varela © Carlos Varela

HDJ86 / T38 studio + Pablo Casals-Aguirre

  • Architects: Pablo Cassals-Aguirre
  • Location: México, Tijuana, Baja California
  • Architect in Charge: Alfonso Medina
  • Project Team: Oscar González, Sara Díaz, Ana Darice Payan, Alejandro Bustos, Pablo Casals-Aguirre, Alina Castañeda, Joseph Ruiz Tapia
  • Construction: Taller38
  • Area: 310.0 m2
  • Proyect Year: 2011
  • Photography: Alfresco , Pablo Casals-Aguirre

© Alfresco © Alfresco © Pablo Casals-Aguirre © Pablo Casals-Aguirre

Aria / T38 studio

  • Architects: T38 studio
  • Location: México, Tijuana, Baja California
  • Project Team: Alfonso Medina, Mauricio Kuri, Oscar González, Pablo Casals-Aguirre, Sara Díaz, Joseph Ruíz Tapia, Alejandro Bustos, Lucía Arroyo, Alina Castañeda, Ana Darice Payan
  • Construction: Taller38
  • Structural Project: Ing. Pedro Fernández
  • Instalations: Alvaro García
  • Area: 700.0 sqm
  • Proyect Year: 2011
  • Photography: Pablo Casals-Aguirre

© Pablo Casals-Aguirre © Pablo Casals-Aguirre © Pablo Casals-Aguirre © Pablo Casals-Aguirre

Casa HDJ58 / T38 studio + Pablo Casals-Aguirre

  • Architects: T38 studio , Pablo Casals-Aguirre
  • Location: México, Tijuana, Baja California
  • Project Team: Alfonso Medina, Pablo Casals-Aguirre, Lucía Arroyo
  • Collaborators: Oscar González, Sara Díaz, Ana Darice Payan
  • Construction: Taller38
  • Area: 300.0 sqm
  • Proyect Year: 2011
  • Photography: Pablo Casals-Aguirre, Alfresco

© Alfresco © Alfresco © Pablo Casals-Aguirre © Pablo Casals-Aguirre

Ph4 House / T38 Studio + Pablo Casals-Aguirre

  • Architects: T38 Studio, Pablo Casals-Aguirre
  • Location: Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
  • Architects: T38 Studio & Pablo Casals-Aguirre
  • Design Team: María José López, Alfonso Medina, Pablo Casals-Aguirre, Mauricio Kuri, Oscar González
  • Collaborators: Lucía Arroyo, AlinaCastañeda y Adriana Medina
  • Area: 496.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011

Ph4 House / T38 Studio + Pablo Casals-Aguirre Ph4 House / T38 Studio + Pablo Casals-Aguirre Ph4 House / T38 Studio + Pablo Casals-Aguirre Ph4 House / T38 Studio + Pablo Casals-Aguirre

Culinary Art School / Gracia Studio

  • Architects: Gracia Studio
  • Location: Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
  • Architects: Jorge Gracia
  • Associates: Jorge Gracia, Javier Gracia, Jonathan Castellon
  • Construction: graciastudio
  • Area: 894.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Luis Garcia

© Luis Garcia © Luis Garcia © Luis Garcia © Luis Garcia

Learning Center / Sebastian Mariscal Studio

  • Architects: Sebastian Mariscal Studio
  • Location: Tijuana, Mexico
  • Architects: Sebastian Mariscal Studio
  • Project Team: Sebastian Mariscal, Dominique Houriet, Dario Alvarez
  • Project Manager: Dario Alvarez
  • Landscape: Marcie Harris Landscape Architecture
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Rebecca Wilson

© Rebecca Wilson © Rebecca Wilson © Rebecca Wilson © Rebecca Wilson

Chapultepec Space / at103

  • Architects: at103
  • Location: Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
  • Architects: at103 / Julio Amezcua + Francisco Pardo
  • Project Team: Tiberio Wallentin, Aida Hurtado, Gerardo Pérez, Mauricio Valadez, Daniel Ortiz
  • Contractor: Desarrolladora Espacio 5
  • Project Year: 2006

Chapultepec Space / at103 Chapultepec Space / at103 Chapultepec Space / at103 Chapultepec Space / at103