!Super NAFTA land!

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Title: !Super NAFTA land!
Author: Gelles, Richie
Degree: Master of Architecture thesis
Abstract: The Mexico/US border is a line of division between two nations, but paradoxically a moment of connection between local border communities. These competing interests of the border region at the federal and local scales have created a dynamic, hybridized, and rapidly growing regional zone known as the 'third space'. The emerging potential of this 'third space' as an economic engine has been jeopardized by US immigration policies which insist on understanding the border as a line, rather than its spatial reality as a blurred zone of transition. Free trade agreements such as NAFTA open up borders for goods and capital, but restrict the flow of the people. ¡SUPER NAFTA LAND! is a critique of the militarized, linear border. It presents an alternative model of using mega infrastructures to establish border regions as independent, bi-national zones of freedom, productivity, trade, and culture, open to the people of both countries.
Citation: Gelles, Richie. (2009) "!Super NAFTA land!." Masters Thesis, Rice University.
Date: 2009

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