Tatiana Bilbao, Founder and Director, Tatiana Bilbao Estudio; Carolina Sepúlveda, Consultant, Housing and Urban Development, IDB (MDes' 20)
Diane E. Davis, Professor of Regional Planning and Urbanism, Harvard University
Malkit Shoshan, Art, Design, and the Public Domain Area Head, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
This panel seeks to analyze an increasing global migration ecology caused by food insecurity, extreme violence, and political instability, and to seek new approaches to understand and reflect on rapid urban transformations.
The two research projects discussed in this event depart from architecture and design practices to deliver a detailed picture of Mexico and the United States' migration landscape. While Tatiana Bilbao’s Two Sides of the Border focuses on the border region, Carolina Sepúlveda’s Sacred Women: Navigating the Journey of Latinas towards the United States focuses on Central American women's migration experience through the Mexico-US corridor. By revising a series of repeated infrastructures along migrant’s paths and locating them within larger political, economic, gender, and ecological frameworks, the discussion will go beyond the most apparent border typologies, such as the Mexico-US border wall, to construct a border geography that expands towards Mexico’s interior.
Presented in collaboration with the Graduate School of Design MDes program in Art, Design, and the Public Domain.