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Application Number 0000801668
Author Valladares, Andrea , Guatemala
Coauthors Arango, Ónice María, Guatemala
Mazariegos, Erick Alberto, Guatemala
Villatoro, Jorge Mario, Guatemala
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Work title: ///////////Sedimentary Borders. (0000801668)

The process of migration to the USA in the last decade has radically transformed the way of making cities on its borders, after the effect 9/11, these cities have become (more than a place of welcome to those who migrate in search of opportunities) a kind of contingency apparatus that provide a physical sense of security to american citizens, and at the same time it works as a underground tactic of transforming global markets in an act of (for the production of goods and services) human capital saturation at a very low cost just by keeping this population on the edge of their territory.

This saturation, which began with the erosion of politics in the construction of a state of well-being of nearby nations, has forced people (particularly those vulnerable) to move to border cities in search of the already lost “American Dream”, that in their attempt, most of them do not succeed, this migratory failure has created a territorial sedimentation, that despite its complexity, can be translated into a conflict in which the migrant population is confronted with new cartography's of marginality, repulsion and disadvantage use.

This proposal defines the border as a new political, economic, social and environmental region, a region in which the idea of global is contaminated with local, where the global is not only productivity and low labor cost, but it is also the immigrant (as a new culture needed to be embraced), a new territory that subverts the sedimentation as conflict and project it as a capital of transformation and democracy globalization. To aim this ideal, the region most be understood as open territory, a nondivision between global (migratory life and culture) and local (relationships, infrastructure, culture..) needs.

Productive open source region, sedimentary migration is the new capital region that mixes government migratory empowerment policy, private capital investment as open market to the globe and immigrant creativity for transforming urban base space in to a sedimentary urbanism of opportunities for advanced ways of making urbanities at conflictive borders in a more collaborative act.

Creating a glocal city requires a radical approach to the urban fabric, not in a sense of “tabula rasa” action, but as Walter Benjamin expressed as a “transformative urbanism”based on open archetypes that articulates new urban biotopes within the pre-existing city.