Fresh Coast, Fresh Customs


Project by Jordan Geiger
Project Role: Research, Graphic Design

Toll crossings and pass control stations are last century’s familiar polyps in road development, the ubiquitous spots where two lanes expand to ten. Inverse diagrams of automotive speed on the ground, these add up to surprisingly vast tracts of sacrificial lands at the gateways of cities and, indeed, of nations. Yet thanks to the gradual introduction of radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, Nexus Cards and other electronics for toll payment and border services, these lands are now open to being rethought. Their redevelopment can open potential for new bi-national zones, new forms of land use for new kinds of public interaction. These sites – each a hybrid architectural/landscape object enabled by a sensory and database infrastructure – are suggestive of new forms of public space that might replace them.