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We are pleased to announce the inaugural Border Insecurities Summer Workshop, sponsored by the TTU College of Architecture. We seek students from a diverse range of disciplines, including architecture, art, geography, political science and economics to study, question, and design for emerging conceptions of public space in the borderlands. Workshop participants will engage with experts on security issues in the US/Mexico border region to construct speculative interventionist artifacts for display in a public exhibition in El Paso and Ciudad Juárez. Ersela Kripa and Stephen Mueller serve as workshop leaders.

Contact Ersela Kripa at to request an application.
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Workshop Outline : Mapping and Making

Students will investigate emerging ‘securocratic’ territories throughout the southwest, uncovering the effects of military doctrine, security interests, and emerging technologies on the built environment of the borderland. Drawing on regional datasets, students will create an archive of emerging binational ‘securocratic’ infrastructures and landscapes, producing both analytical and speculative maps for publication. Students will craft ‘hackable infrastructures’ - small-scale, built interventions manifest as wearable technologies and other working prototypes, and realize an installation in public space.
>>See Examples of Previous Student Work

International Guests

Scheduled international guests include Tatiana Bilbao (Tatiana Bilbao ESTUDIO), Teddy Cruz (Estudio Teddy Cruz, UCSD), Fonna Forman (Bloom Cross-Border Initiative, UCSD), Patrick Schaefer (Hunt Institute, UTEP), and Chris Taylor (Land Arts of the American West, TTU).

TTU College of Architecture El Paso

Classes will be held at the TTU College of Architecture El Paso campus, located in a functioning train station steps from the US/Mexico border. 
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AGENCY is a collaborative interdisciplinary practice engaging contemporary culture through architecture, urbanism, and advocacy.  
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