Quick Design: Across the border



Anne Söfker-Rieniets

Academic Staff


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Summer Semester

Term: one semester


National borders are often the result of negotiations, hierarchies and claims to ownership. In most cases, they do not reflect the cultural or social identity of their location, nor do they take into account the topological or structural characteristics of the landscape or city. Rather, the border is shaped by an explicit desire to demarcate, different laws and different developing ways of life in the hinterland in the course of its history, shaping the culture and conventions of both sides and therefore behaving like a self-fulfilling prophecy.

It could be that - similar to ecotones, the transition zones between two ecosystems (e.g. river banks) - the border zones may have special characteristics that differ from the core zones. Perhaps these areas have their own identity, which is conspicuously evident in social and cultural characteristics.
In a Europe without internal borders, the dissolving border regions must search for this identity, with the result that the loss of their own identity should not be seen as a danger, but rather the gain of a new, completely different identity should be seen as an opportunity.

In the search for a method of conveying this opportunity, special urban planning or urban sociological identities should be found in this impromptu process, which can serve as a model for larger movements of growing together.
Border zones at the border triangle between Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands will serve as the area of investigation. Especially those places where peculiar border conditions existed or still exist or where the border was redefined in the course of the last semester offer the opportunity to identify obvious differences to the border states behind them.


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