Borderhood: Reimagining the Canada–US Borderlands

by Sonny Meng Qi Xu (MArch, MLA ’18)

Through the mapping of the flows and “holes” along the border, this thesis aims to understand the different types of landscape conditions that the world’s longest border crosses and creates.  The thesis reimagines the Canada–US border as a cultural project that serves social, infrastructural, ecological, and recreational functions.  At the same time, the thesis connects divided human and ecological communities and border towns.  “Borderhood” aims to create a thick nationality gray zone between the two countries rather than the existing thin boundary line.