Analysis for the redefinition of the Haitian-Dominican border-region. (Preliminary studies) / 2012 / Research project / Architect-in-charge (in association with local architect Shaney Peña) / Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
The process of drawing or tracing lines is to territory what writing is to language. In the territory, the tracing of a line stands as a critical decision about the analysis or construction of a site. The line that today we see as the Haitian-Dominican Border is the representation of the political limit between two countries – Haïti and the Dominican Republic.
Nonetheless, this graphic representation is just an aspect of the Haitian-Dominican border-territory – it represents the central point of a whole region whose presence and development are more complex body than (a simple) political symbol. Haïti and the Dominican Republic function as centralized structures whose cultural, economical and political needs establish their respective capitals – Port-au-Prince and Santo Domingo – as the points from where all development expands to the rest of the inland territory. Centralized development points national borders as the furthest places of each country, penalizing the urban growth and economic development of its respective border region.
The main object of our project is to redefine the Haitian-Dominican Border Region, this by identifying the necessary infrastructure that would allow, in a first phase, the degree of economical and political autonomy proportionate to the size and importance of this region (a quarter of the island of Santo Domingo) and, in a second phase, to build a supranational connection to a global context.