BorderScapes: Redesigning the Borderland
SourceTerritorio, 72, (2015), pp. 101-107
Article / Letter to editor
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SubjectShaping and Changing of Places and Spaces
The internal borders in the European Union were opened more than twenty years ago. However, a comprehensive and coordinated spatial vision for the border landscape is yet to be composed. Bureaucratic cooperation procedures in combination with new nationalistic sentiments in the EU only seem to block further effective cross-border cooperation. In this paper we make the plea for a new design for cross-borderscapes. We argue that scientists, artists, architects and filmmakers could seize the opportunity together in creating more inclusive, imaginative as well as critically engaged cartographic designs on borders, as theatrical ways of portraying the world. The arguments are exemplified by drawing on the recently published book ‘Borderland’ in which, based on an in-depth analysis of the borderland of the Netherlands-Belgium-Germany, a new cartographic design for the borderland was developed.
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