WATCH

Profile nw avatar

Fernando Trejo

in El Paso, TX

Thumb fernandotrejo hybridge 04

The HyBridge Project

BY FERNANDO TREJO
@ VOL 12 ON FEB 25, 2016

The Hybridge project is a theoretical binational, urban intervention proposed by FERNANDO TREJO for the El Paso \ Juarez Borderplex. The name is a linguistic bridge between the words “Hydrid” and “Bridge”. The project is a hybrid between a civic space (for the proposed Binational Environmental Protection Agency), international border crossing station, public park, and pedestrian bridge.

The apex of the bridge building serves as the physical and metaphorical middle ground that hosts for the proposed Binational EPA headquarters.

As a border crossing station, the Hybridge provides space for security check points on both ends as well as all the necessary requirements for such an operation: office space, holding cells, labs, and beaurocratic service spaces.

The public park segment of the project is an urban neutral zone but unlike the Cordova Island of the early 1900’s this area will serve as a space for unity.

The parks’ extended arm, floats over the Plaza de la Mexicanidad to serve as an auxiliary viewing platform of both La “X” and the amphitheater.

And as a pedestrian bridge over the border, the project attaches it self to a larger urban matrix of bus lines and bike paths. The ends of the parks allow for automobile parking and pick-up zones for pedestrians.