In the era of globalisation, borders have moved into the centre of global politics. Borders are being transcended in more places than ever before; simultaneously certain borders are massively reinforced and completely new ones emerge. How do these changed and increasingly complex conditions affect the places we live in, our countries and cities, our social and cultural realms? topos 104 analyses subtle and obvious borders, visible and invisible ones, and sheds light on the impact borders have on people, political processes, landscapes and urban space.
Photographer Wei Chang from Taipei captures borders between time, space and object
What if borders were opportunities?
How closed neighborhoods in Chinese cities create identity for their residents
The sociologist Richard Sennett on borders, boundaries, the Brexit and the fear of the unknown
CAPTURE THE DIVISION
A photographic journey to Israel and the West Bank by Thomas Struth
An opinion on the conflictual relationship between Palestine and Israel
LIVING WHERE THE WALL ONCE STOOD
Revisiting the Cold War division of Germany in Venice
BORDERS: FACTS AND FIGURES
How Lampedusa's identity became entangled with migration
URBANISM CROSSING LINES
The last divided capital in Europe: Nikosia
THE WORLD’S BIGGEST CANVAS
Visual arts and the Frontera between Mexico and the U.S.
METAMORPHOSIS OF A ZONE
Interpreting borders as a web of interactions to redefine their purpose
Incarceration as a violent form of architecture provokes political activism
DESERT CITIES OF TOMORROW
How planners merge Middle Eastern and European ideas in Saudi-Arabia and Egypt
TERRITORIES OF ENTANGLEMENT
On the challenges of the Danish coast