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Application Number 0000801721
Author Munoz-Miramon, Josue Jacob, United States
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Work title: Project IncuBus (0000801721)

Project IncuBus: towards a transfrontier “Between 1848 and roughly 1910, the prevalent meaning of the border was that of a frontier. The Southwest of the United States was a place of open spaces and expression of freedom… People and cattle were free to roam back and forth without impediments. The spirit of the U.S.-Mexico border at this time is best capture in the romantic narratives of the cowboy and the cattleman.” -Antonio Payan, The Three U.S.-Mexico Border Wars A frontier is an un-owned wilderness at the edge of what is known; it defies boundaries, ownership and control. More importantly, a frontier inspires our imagination of what could be. The blurry line between the United States and Mexico could be one such frontier. This research draws on border regions as critical laboratories in which to imagine new paradigms of urbanization and communication. It questions the existing static architecture and infrastructure such as bridges, walls, fences and tunnels currently acting as international ports of entry between the United States and Mexico. The premise of the thesis is that by developing and conceptualizing an autonomous transportation system which does not rely on a built infrastructure to freely move bodies across the border, the border between the United States and Mexico becomes one such frontier; or a transfrontier. In this way, the economic development, resources and public services associated with current ports of entry begin to sprawl along regions on the border which in contrast, suffer a noticeable lack of economic prosperity, resources and public services. The premise of the work is not a return to a nostalgic vision of the open frontier but an educated model proposal into a forecasted “integrated borderland” in between a visionary veracity and a utopian model.