Bordering On
Sioli Bridge photo.jpg

Past the guarded schoolyards, the boarded-up churches, (…),

past newspapered windows of tenements, along the violated,

the prosecuted citizenry, throughout this

storied, buttressed, scavenged, policed

city I call home, in which I am a guest.

—Li-Young Lee, “The City in which I love you”

Bordering On :

A symposium hosted by the LSU School of Architecture

They can be tangible, solid, concrete, palpable, impenetrable, aggressive. They can be implicit, abstract, undetectable, tacit, porous and soft. Spatial borders – visible or invisible – define our encounter with the world around us, from the small scale of the neighborhood to that of the nation. They define our engagement with the public shared place of human interaction, and shape our social, political, ethical and personal stand as architects and world citizens. 

From their mythical origins, as defensive mechanisms but also wondrous structures that create order in a city, to their transformation into "no man's land" in the modern nation, and eventually into a contemporary mechanism of exclusion and control, borders have always been paradigmatic for architecture. In a discipline that their creation – in multifarious scales and diverse conditions – is often celebrated and valorized as part of the creative process, how do we address the existing countless political borders that define our nowadays global condition?

As the emotional environment of our creations, the embodied atmosphere of our architecture, the actual physical context of our métier, the presence of these borders demands our attention. How do we articulate fractures, openings and passages that access desires, needs, cultures and moments of encounter? The symposium opens the conversation on what exists “past the buttressed, scavenged and policed’’ understanding of borders in a local, national and international scale and aspires to look into borders as the possibility for a meaningful adjacency and spatial interexchange.

Bordering On :

A symposium hosted by the LSU School of Architecture 

date & venue :

23 February, 2019  
Manship Theater, Baton Rouge


Program :

bordering on : saturday, February 23, 2019

Opening remarks :

(9:30 – 10:00)

Angeliki Sioli and Kris Palagi, Assistant Professors of Architecture
Alkis Tsolakis, Dean of the LSU College of Art and Design


Keynote Lecture : Unwalling Citizenship

(10:00 - 11:00)

Fonna Forman, political theorist, UC San Diego
Moderators: Angeliki Sioli and Kris Palagi 


Coffee Break


Session 1 : In the border…

(11:15 – 12:45)

Moderator: Ursula Emery McClure, Architect and Professor, LSU School of Architecture

“Reflections on geographies of adjacency and relationality:  Borders, bordering, and the city”
Eugene McCann, geography, Simon Fraser University

“The Plank Road Project: Addressing Racial and Spatial Stratification in Baton Rouge”
Christopher J. Tyson, President and Chief Executive Officer of the East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority

“Green Fingers of the City: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Greenways in Urban Form”
Nicholas Serrano, Landscape Historian


Lunch Break


Session 2 : Through the border…

(1:45 – 3:15)

Moderator: Bob Zwirn, Architect and Professor, LSU School of Architecture

“Borders and Imaginary Passages”
Sofia Dona, Artist and Architect

“Negotiating Conflict: Bordering Practices in Beirut”
Dr. Mohamad Hafeda, Artist

“Walls Project: Create, Cultivate, Reactivate
Casey Phillips, Director of the Walls Project


Coffee break


Session 3 : Beyond the border…

(3:30 – 5:00)

Moderator: Paul Holmquist, Assistant Professor, LSU School of Architecture

“Architectures of Displacement and Forms of Non-Belonging”
Dr Nishat Awan, Architect

“From Camps to Gated Communities: Multiple Forms of Borders & Practices of Bordering in Turkey”
Yaşar Adnan Adanali, Director, Center for Spatial Justice 

“Building Community”
Haley Blakeman, Center for Planning Excellence

Coffee break

Keynote Lecture : Ampersand; Mapping the Complexity of the Border

(5:15 – 6:30)

Dr. Marc Schoonderbeek, Architect, School of Architecture, TU Delft
Moderator: Marwan Ghandour, Director, LSU School of Architecture 

Bordering On :

A symposium hosted by the LSU School of Architecture 

date & venue :

23 February, 2019  
Manship Theater, Baton Rouge


Organizers :

Angeliki Sioli :

Angeliki Sioli, PhD, is an assistant professor of architecture at Louisiana State University and a licensed architect in Greece. She obtained her professional diploma in architecture from the University of Thessaly, Greece, and was granted a post-professional master’s in architectural theory and history by the National Technical University of Athens. She completed her Doctor of Philosophy in the history and theory of architecture at McGill University. Her research seeks connections between architecture and literature in the public realm of the early 20th-century European city, focusing on aspects of embodied perception of place in the urban environment. Her work on architecture, literature, and pedagogy has been published in a number of books and presented at interdisciplinary conferences. The book Reading Architecture; literary imagination and architectural experience which she co-edited appeared with Routledge in 2018. Sioli has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses at McGill University and Tec de Monterrey, Campus Puebla in Mexico.



Kris Palagi :

Kris Palagi is an assistant professor at Louisiana State University's School of Architecture and holds an NCARB certification with active professional architectural licenses in the state of Hawaii and Louisiana. An opportunity in 2000 to work on William Massie’s nationally recognized design-build project, the Big Sky House in rural Montana, instigated Palagi’s scholarship on the critique of construction assemblies.  His understanding of the profession matured while working on the island of Kauai as a project manager at DeJesus Architecture and Design. There his work contributed to a 2010 Honolulu AIA Award of Merit for the Ohana Hale Kauai residence.  As a principal at Cogent Designs, Kris' investigations focused on a site responsive approach to structural design with projects built and under construction in the state of Hawaii and California. In 2015, following six years of teaching at the University of Hawaii Manoa School of Architecture, he earned his post-professional Master of Architecture from Cornell University.  Now in Louisiana, assistant professor Palagi’s professional work, pedagogical approach, and creative research align through various scales of design-build projects.  Each draws upon his experience to challenge the methods, techniques, and sequences of construction -- or, as he defines them, the Logic of Assembly.  His research has been recognized at National and International architecture conferences, such as the National Conference on the Beginning Design Student (NCBDS), the Building Technologies Educator's Society (BTES), Sustainable Architecture International (S_Arch), and the Architectural Research Center Consortium (ARCC).