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Reflections on the Borderwall: Lecture + Film Screening

March 1, 2018 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of California Berkeley Ronald Real discusses the ideas explored in his recent book Borderwall as Architecture: A Manifesto for the U.S.-Mexico Boundary. Lecture will be followed by a screening of Rodrigo Reyes’ 2013 essay film Purgatorio: A Journey Into the Heart of the Border.

Ronald Rael: Borderwall as Architecture

Ronald Rael is an applied architectural researcher, design activist, author, and thought leader in the fields of additive manufacturing and earthen architecture. In 2014 his creative practice, Rael San Fratello (with architect Virginia San Fratello), was named an Emerging Voice by The Architectural League of New York—one of the most coveted awards in North American architecture. He is the author of Borderwall as Architecture: A Manifesto for the U.S.-Mexico Boundary (University of California Press 2017),  Earth Architecture (Princeton Architectural Press, 2008), and the forthcoming book Printing Architecture: Innovative Recipes for 3D Printing (Princeton Architectural Press, 2018). He holds the Eva Li Memorial Chair in Architecture at the University of California Berkeley.

Purgatorio: A Journey Into the Heart of the Border
Directed by: Rodrigo Reyes
Year: 2013
Documentary – 82 min – Mexico/USA

Rodrigo Reyes‘ provocative essay film re-imagines the Mexico/U.S. border as a mythical place comparable to Dante’s purgatory. Leaving politics aside, he takes a fresh look at the brutal beauty of the border and the people caught in its spell. By capturing a stunning mosaic of compelling characters and broken landscapes that live on the US/Mexico border, the filmmaker reflects on the flaws of human nature and the powerful absurdities of the modern world. An unusual border film, in the auteur tradition of camera-stylo, Purgatorio ultimately becomes a fable of humanity, an epic and visceral experience with powerful and lingering images.


March 1, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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