November 18, 2023
12:00PM – 1:00PM

The Center for City Design and the Global Studies Latin America Program invite you to join Border Walk, a two-part event on the architecture of border-making. 

From a modest fence built in the early 1900s to a sophisticated surveillance, tracking, and barricade system today, the US-Mexico border is both a work of architecture and an exercise of planned obsolescence. It is a continually updated construction zone, a seemingly impenetrable infrastructure that nevertheless allows thousands of undocumented and stateless people to move through towards the cities of Southern California.  

Join Marcos Sánchez, Ginger Nolan, and Faiza Moatasim on a walk along the US-Mexico border on Friday, October 28, 2022. Beginning at San Diego’s Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center (overlooking a protected ecological zone), participants will walk along ranger access and border patrol roads to the beach where the border wall disappears into the ocean. 

The second part of this event will be a (virtual) discussion on Friday, November 18, 2022, from 12:00-1:00pm. Please use the Zoom meeting link to join the discussion:

Students and faculty interested in attending these events please contact 

Faiza Moatasim ( or Marcos Sánchez ( 

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