Subtracting the Border


Subtracting the Border
Using the triangular coordinates of a longstanding territorial dispute between Chile and Perú, "No-man’s-Land" explores the subtraction of territory as a subversion of the current politicize rhetoric towards the possibility of re-think border condition.
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The project’s starting point was the impossibility of finding diplomatic solution to border conflicts in South America during recent decades, triggering international trials involving large amounts of time and money. "No-man’s-Land" explores –by contrast- a crude subtraction of one of those territories in dispute. Removing the volume of land and forming a captive ocean inlet: a triangular water-mirror artefact where the only possible confrontation would be two beaches overlooking one country from another.

The operation admits challenging the reductive construction based on the polarized rivalries between Peru and Chile originated at war long ago. Thus- as a political decision- the project explores its ability to withstand the course of time and sees in the possibility of border’s future obsolescence, the maximum possible usage; a transition from the rubble of a political conflict to a seaside place set in bi-national coast.

Project image

Photo survey: Tacna-Arica 2015

Location, 1:500000

Plan, 1:5000

Scale comparison between terrestrial triangle and Palacio de la Moneda( Santiago).

Idea by

José Tomás Pérez Valle
Holanda 900
Providencia, Santiago
José Tomás Pérez Valle (1990) is an architect that works in the production of buildings, publications and writings, based in Providencia, Santiago. José holds a degree of Architecture with distinction from the Universidad Católica de Chile (Santiago, 2016) and studies at The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (Oslo, 2014).

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