Architecture at the border
Luescher co-edits book on global frontiers
To Americans, the word "frontier" might typically elicit images of an area somewhere out West beyond which lay the wilderness, or might recall the opening line from the original "Star Trek" show: "Space: the final frontier" — both somehow conveying the idea of a place unknown and perhaps to be conquered.
But, in fact, frontiers, in terms of borders, exist all over the world in many different forms, even within cities, and may change in response to political, economic and social forces at work. "The Design of Frontier Spaces: Control and Ambiguity," edited by Dr. Andreas Luescher, graduate coordinator for the Department of Architecture and Environmental Design at BGSU, and Dr. Carolyn Loeb, an associate professor of art and architectural history at Michigan State University, takes a comprehensive look at frontiers around the globe and the ways in which design and architecture convey meaning about them.