Hyperborder: The Contemporary US-Mexico Border and Its Future


Architect Fernando Romero from FR-EE invited me to develop a publication about the U.S.-Mexico
Border. I moved to Mexico City to work on this project and assembled a bi-national team of young social and political scientists to explore the future of U.S.-Mexico relations in Fernando’s office. The book presents a contemporary perspective of the border region as well as dozens of future scenarios. My role as project director included doing research, writing, interviews in both countries, illustrations, and the graphic design of this book (book layout, illustrations, graphs, and maps) as well as finding a publisher for this book. Two years of hard work later, Hyperborder was published by Princeton Architectural Press in November, 2007. The book is now available in over 300 public libraries from Arizona to Singapore. The book was also the 2006 runner-up winner for Metropolis magazine Next Generation awards.

This spread compares different country rankings, contrasting the US and Mexico among other countries.

This is one of my favorite spreads showing net international migration flows, highlighting the biggest flow between Mexico and the US, as the leading source of migrants and the leading destination for migrants respectively.

One of the key features of the project was a system of future scenarios, that were designed along two axis: the cooperation levels among both countries on one axis, and the reach of the scenarios on the other axis, going from the border region to national levels.