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The Site Magazine #35

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Uitgever:The Site Magazine

ISBN: 772006863070

  • Paperback
  • Engels
  • 144 pagina's
  • 15 nov. 2016

A border is perhaps the most necessary, ambiguous and political architectural tool. The line that defines an area has the power to create, and an equally great capacity to divide and destroy.

Borders delimit to diminish scale. By drawing a border, objects can become objects, buildings can become buildings, forests can become forests, countries can become countries.  But borders are more than the hard edge of a wall or cliff; they can also be soft, invisible, intangible barriers. What does it mean today to delimit a territory?  What does it mean to control society, when, as Deleuze says, we are living in a time in which “man is no longer man enclosed, but man in debt”? If access to the Internet is more desirable than access to natural light, what does exclusion or detainment look like?  Are borders defined by what divides us or by what connects us and which one of those do we find more important nowadays?

A border is perhaps the most necessary, ambiguous and political architectural tool. The line that defines an area has the power to create, and an equally great capacity to divide and destroy.

Borders delimit to diminish scale. By drawing a border, objects can become objects, buildings can become buildings, forests can become forests, countries can become countries.  But borders are more than the hard edge of a wall or cliff; they can also be soft, invisible, intangible barriers. What does it mean today to delimit a territory?  What does it mean to control society, when, as Deleuze says, we are living in a time in which “man is no longer man enclosed, but man in debt”? If access to the Internet is more desirable than access to natural light, what does exclusion or detainment look like?  Are borders defined by what divides us or by what connects us and which one of those do we find more important nowadays?

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