The first of these two consecutive studios is currently taking place. It gravitates around the troubled relationship of the twin cities of Chui (Brazil) and Chuy (Uruguay). The studio brings together Brazilian and Uruguyan students in order to reflect on the opportunities and threats that emerge from the cultural, economic, social and environmental continuities of the pampas located on both sides of the border -a territory bound to be severely affected by several IIRSA initiatives. Students are developing strategies that will take advantage of the ambiguous conditions on the borderlands, including the recently implemented agreement between Brazil and its neighbors to create an international buffer zone, or thickened edge, along its frontier, meant to facilitate free international transit.
Members of the three applied research and design teams undertook a studio trip to the Brazil-Uruguay border this month. In the following academic term, PUC-Rio will work with Rosario on the triple border between Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil, focusing on the territorial logic revolving around soy production and distribution in the region.