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This change left a void in the urban fabric between Juarez and El Paso that still exists today.

This design proposal utilizes the urban void created by historical shifts of the border between Juarez and El Paso as an opportunity to redesign the border as a fluctuating, indeterminate space.

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In conjunction with seasonal storm events, the river expands and contracts: a process requiring cooperation from both sides of the border.

Elevated highways criss-crossing the site provide opportunities for transient occupations.

Inundations Water Water fluctuation through the space is controlled through the existing array of upstream infrastructures that include a series of dams, reservoirs and diversion channels.

Additionally, the space serves as a massive retention basin for storm events, enabling run-off from the expanding twin cities of El Paso and Juarez to collect at the topological seam between them.

Freed from the confines of the concrete liner, the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo once again sinks into the floodplain after a 30 year absence.

The re-introduction of water gives rise to riparian ecosystems including bosques, tall grass meadows and wetlands.

Border patrols are saved from boredom by the necessity of shifting the ground they patrol depending upon the shifting width of the border space.

When the river runs dry, the edge disappears all-together and people can exit and enter the border space at will.

This design explores how time, entropy and indeterminacy can be used to design a marginalized urban space.

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