Mexican architect designs a binational city between Mexico and the United States

By Fernanda Duque Hernández

The London Design Biennale with a Mexican touch

Every day thousands of people cross the border between Mexico and the United States, mainly to work or study, but maybe in the future both countries can work together to construct ‘binational cities’, a concept developed by a Mexican architect and that has been included at The London Design Biennale.

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The master mind behind this project is architect Fernando Romero, responsible for the design and construction of the Soumaya Museum in Mexico City, who is now working with British architect, Norman Foster, on the design of Mexico City’s new International Airport.

Romero’s ‘Border City’ blends into a single community the cities of Santa Teresa in Nuevo Mexico and San José and San Geronimo in the Mexican state of Chihuahua.

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The hexagonal design represents a vision where citizens can flourish, overcoming some issues of paramount importance that our world faces, such as pollution, over-crowding and migration.

According to Christopher Turner, director of The London Design Biennale, the design of Fernando Romero will explore the idea of a charter city, which is one with an independent status; a concept first conceived by economist Paul Romer.

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This Mexican design of a binational city is expected to cause commotion on the event; this year’s theme is ‘Utopia by Design’, in lieu of the 500th anniversary of the book ‘Utopia’, written by Sir Thomas More.

Mexico has the honor to be one of the 30 countries that were invited to participate at The London Design Biennale which takes place at Somerset House from 7th to 27th September.

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