Tactical Territories is a web platform to establish discourse on transboundary urbanism. It explores the socio-political agency of architecture and its potentials as resilient mechanisms of negotiation and mitigation through spatial strategies that integrate natural/artificial, social/political ecologies of transboundary territories.
Historically political borders have constrained the development of transboundary territories. But with heightened sensitivity towards natural resources, climate
change, environmental sustainability, population increase and urban expansion, transboundary areas are garnering increased attention for its potentials.
Especially in zones of conflict, environmental and economic incentives have become key mechanisms to initiate collaboration and negotiation between the states. Spatial developments such as special economic, tourism, industrial zones, mega infrastructure, transboundary protection areas, ecological conservation zones, peace parks, have become critical vehicles of transboundary urbanism. But many precedents of transboundary development and conservation are saturated with state, business and environmental groups’ interests and
agendas and architecture operates as its key apparatus of control and power.
The intent of the platform is to expand the social, political agency of architecture in the discourse of transboundary areas. The platform will initially focus
its research on the transboundary territories of North and South Korea. The platform will question the assumed transparency of architecture by analyzing the politics of parallel spatial systems in the Koreas. The parallel existence of the two Koreas provides an intriguing juxtaposition of escalated reification of dreams that are uncannily similar and interdependent in which architecture becomes its key organizer.
Projective scenarios will be presented as speculative proposals that utilizes natural/artificial, socio/political ecologies as resilient strategies that can accommodate the extremities of the economic, political climate for its transboundary zones.
Structure of the platform is twofold.
First, the analytical platform is to be an archive that maps spatial strategies of normalcy and exception that exists in parallel urbanism.
Second, the projective platform will investigate potentials of natural/artificial and social/political ecological systems of the environment as spatial strategies of
environmental, as well as socio/political resilience. This will be a collection of projective scenarios as prototypes of spatial strategies. The platform will expand its content to other transboundary territories and is to become a shared platform where content contributions can be made by others.