Border Topologies 2014

order Topologies is part of the Theory Forum, an annual event at Sheffield School of Architecture (SSoA), focusing each year on a topic of contemporary

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In a world of rising inequalities and growing conflict borders are multiplying and becoming increasingly complex.

Whilst the border as spatial metaphor is used extensively in architecture, borders as political and material realities are often overlooked. This conference explores architecture's relationship with border geographies.

etaphors such as channels and filters describe the selective nature of contemporary political borders by foregrounding the contradictions of movement and flow on the one hand and hardened barriers on the other.

At the same time, contemporary border studies have shown the border to be a complex social and cultural institution that operates topologically. Yet, the political border is usually represented as a line and is predominantly viewed as such in policymaking through a top-down international relations perspective.