PechaKucha Presentation

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Ryan Gann

Architect-in-training and design advocate, Ross Barney Architects in Chicago

Crossing Boundaries


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

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Drawing Lines in the Ocean

@ VOL 4 ON AUG 27, 2015

Former US Department of State Geographer disccuses his work with international law and boundaries negotiations. Listen to this interesting presentations on off shore maritime boundaries and US water relations. 

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Boundaries as Form

@ VOL 4 ON DEC 12, 2015

Every boundary forms a political position and depending on this posture, a boundary can transform the world or it can preserve the status quo. This is why the most important question for me as an artist is what position do I express through my work?

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Boundaries are meant to be broken

@ VOL 4 ON DEC 12, 2015

The status quo is an unacceptable standard when it comes to creation in both the artistic and biological form. There is always something greater out there – your job is to prove that.
Whether it is a void or an abundance of boundaries, there is always an opportunity to utilize your surroundings to achieve something special. Bryant Chase is a media creator/producer with a background in clinical psychological research, and a passion for learning.

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Border Contraband: A History in Six Minutes

@ VOL 6 ON MAR 01, 2016

Far from Washington, DC, and Mexico City, border people smuggled licit and illicit products. While bureaucrats attempted to control the smugglers, they were celebrated in popular culture, and some rose to be pillars of their communities. This talk by speaker George Díaz outlines the ebb and flow of an array of commodities and the lives of those who subverted federal laws, whether for profit or survival, on both sides of the border.​

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The HyBridge Project

@ 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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Building Bridges, Not Walls at the US - Mexico Border

@ VOL 134 ON MAR 18, 2016

"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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The Spirit of the Border seen through Collective Weddings

@ 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

@ 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

@ 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.