BORDER AS A SPACE-TIME DAGUERREOTYPEautore: dentrolaterra
DEFINITIONS: This paper has the ambition to provide food for thought on the issue outlined above based on the following definitions of ‘border’.
“There is no line which sharply divides the matter composing Mount Everest from the matter outside it. Everest's boundaries are fuzzy. Some molecules are inside Everest and some molecules outside. But some have an indefinite status: there is no objective, determinate fact of the matter about whether they are inside or outside.”
[Michael Tye, ‘Vague Objects’ (1990: 535)]
“The world is capable of being cut up in so many ways, and whenever we consider such a cut (some principle of individuation), we are considering the world cut that way, i.e., so articulated. An articulation will specify both actual conditions which must be met for something to be (an) F, and identity conditions for tracing Fs through space, time, and possible worlds. If there are portions of the world which meet the actual conditions, then there are Fs.”.
[Alan Sidelle, ‘Rigidity, Ontology, and Semantic Structure’ (1992: 172)]
Borders are vague, and their vagueness characterizes the human experience in every continent, with very minor exceptions. If humans are used to adapt to ever changing borders, the legitimacy and practical value of existing conventional borders has never been so blatantly challenged by cross-border – truly global - challenges, that include economic governance, migration and climate change. The world does not need treaties or administrative acts to shape its borders.
The border of today’s world can be seen as a daguerreotype that is constantly influences by spatial and temporal factors (inequalities, climate, movements). Therefore, investments, infrastructures, assets needed to facilitate exchanges are critical and should be fairly deployed. As Rem Koohlas puts it in his upcoming exhibition at the Guggenheim, the vast nonurban territories of the countryside have become the frontier of transformation. Failure to do so will not result only in crumbling roads and bridges, as well as shuttered post offices and railway stations, but also in fueling resentment. Without a new alliance bringing together the cosmopolitan city and the economic peripheries of the world, inequalities cannot be addresses, climate change cannot be mitigated and migration cannot be sustainably managed. In this apparent disorder, architecture has the opportunity to bring back order and meaning by quantifying the scale of public and private investments required to revert current trends in urban-rural dynamics; codify models; and identify catalyzers able to implement this roadmap on a 2050 horizon.
Parole chiave: nomadic, identity, investment