PechaKucha Presentation

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William Helm

Architect, In*Situ Architecture in El Paso

Building Bridges, Not Walls at the US - Mexico Border

PRESENTED ON MAR 18, 2016
IN TOKYO @ VOL 134

"We hope whoever becomes president builds more bridges instead of walls [because] we are sister cities, divided only by the river."

In Building Bridges, Not Walls at the US - Mexico Border from PKN Tokyo Vol 134, PechaKucha Night El Paso City Organizers (and acclaimed architects) William Helm and Edgar Lopez describe the symbiotic relationship of the sister cities of El Paso and Juarez. The residents of the two cities activate a third space of the US/Mexico border, called "Pass of the North"  which produces a rich milieu of creativity, art and culture. In this place which was historically known as "Paso del Norte" along the Spanish road from Mexico City to Santa Fe, the two cities have come together to use the PechaKucha conversation to bridge across the border. 20 x 20 x 2 cities = building bridges not walls.

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Building Bridges

BY ROSELI BASSI
@ VOL 1 ON OCT 22, 2011

"Be kind to your elders" is a phrase we hear time and time again, and in this presentation, Roseli Bassi talks about a project that has the goal of encouraging better interaction between young people and the elderly. (in Portuguese)

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Hyper modernism

BY HERIBERTO IBARRA
@ VOL 11 ON OCT 10, 2015

Hypermodernism thru the eyes of a binational photographer. Two countries, three states, two cities merged into one persona. Traveling thru countries is an everyday thing when living in a diverse border town full of color, flavor and a distinctive separation; photographing it becomes necessary to capture as much as possible to bring the hypermodernism of ones eye.

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The HyBridge Project

BY FERNANDO TREJO
@ VOL 12 ON FEB 25, 2016

The Hybridge project is a theoretical binational, urban intervention proposed by FERNANDO TREJO for the El Paso \ Juarez Borderplex. The name is a linguistic bridge between the words “Hydrid” and “Bridge”. The project is a hybrid between a civic space (for the proposed Binational Environmental Protection Agency), international border crossing station, public park, and pedestrian bridge.

The apex of the bridge building serves as the physical and metaphorical middle ground that hosts for the proposed Binational EPA headquarters.

As a border crossing station, the Hybridge provides space for security check points on both ends as well as all the necessary requirements for such an operation: office space, holding cells, labs, and beaurocratic service spaces.

The public park segment of the project is an urban neutral zone but unlike the Cordova Island of the early 1900’s this area will serve as a space for unity.

The parks’ extended arm, floats over the Plaza de la Mexicanidad to serve as an auxiliary viewing platform of both La “X” and the amphitheater.

And as a pedestrian bridge over the border, the project attaches it self to a larger urban matrix of bus lines and bike paths. The ends of the parks allow for automobile parking and pick-up zones for pedestrians.

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The Spirit of the Border seen through Collective Weddings

BY JOSE MIRALES REYES
@ VOL 15 ON FEB 17, 2017

Juarez based phtotographer Jose Mirales Reyes presents a touching photographic project in which he aims to capture the spirit of the border through portraits of couples who get married in collective weddings.

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Violence, Gender and Identity

BY ALEJANDRA ARAGON
@ VOL 15 ON FEB 17, 2017

Visual artist, filmmaker and photographer Alejandra Aragon explores the relationship between violence, gender and identity through her work.  Based in Juarez, Mexico, Alejandra's exploration of gender through her photography begins with a series of autobiographic work before revealing the exploitation of women and victims of femicide in the border region.

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Urban Interventions on the Border

BY ANS BORDER GALLERY
@ VOL 15 ON FEB 17, 2017

Evelyn Oz presents the work of ANS Border Gallery, a group of urban artists from Ciudad Juarez making artistic interventions in the fabric of their border city.

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Inspired Adaptation - Making Love from Walls

BY PETER GRASSE
@ VOL 147 ON MAY 31, 2017

Whatever your position on Donald Trump, it's fair to say that he is a veritable fount of creative inspiration. Back in February, his bluster about building a boundary between Mexico and the US led Diesel Headquarters to launch a campaign called ‘Make love not walls’. Trump’s intolerance was a chance for the brand to mark itself as a supporter of inclusivity in characteristically colourful style. Trump's wall has less meaning in Japan. But the country does have figurative walls of its own, and as Japan is Diesel’s largest market, the company opted to create a fully localized interpretation of the theme. In particular, while Japan is a world leader in terms of fashion and subculture, society as a whole has been slow to open up to the LGBT community. ‘The walls’ urges a removal of the barriers that prevent open expression of love and affection between people of all sexual orientations. Peter Grasse shares. 

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Crossing Boundaries

BY RYAN GANN
@ VOL 39 ON SEP 06, 2016

Ryan Gann with some observations on the US/Mexico border and suggests approaches to border civility.

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Building Bridges

BY JOSE RODRIGUEZ
@ VOL 46 ON JUN 05, 2018

Architect Jose B Rodriguez recently went on a visit to Rwanda that changed his life.