By definition, the idea of boundaries is at the core of architecture and design: the limits between inside and outside, between up and down, between the public and the private, between inside and outside, between up and down, between the public and the private, between construction and nature. Yet, as the past year has shown, these lines are increasingly dynamic and unstable, as boundaries become the battleground of new realities at play.

At a time when physical, geographical, social and cultural barriers are shifting, what can architecture and design tell us about the idea of boundaries? The question is at the heart of Roca Gallery’s latest topic of the month, which revisits and reassesses the many meanings of the concept in a series of articles published weekly on the platform.

Researcher, architect and humanitarian Nasr Chamma examines the borders between neglect and resettlement at refugee camps, providing suggestions on where to locate them and how and why to promote integration instead. Through the lens of African-Brazilian artistic production, arts and design consultant Everton Barreiro discusses the geopolitical, socioeconomic, cultural and racial boundaries between the global South and the global North.

In Africa, architect Albert Faus advocates new architectural languages to reconcile the many contrasts of Burkina Faso, where he has been directing construction and development projects since 2010.

As part of Roca Gallery’s continued commitment to supporting the best emerging talent from universities, the platform also features an article by UIC architecture student Cecilia Guillot, who writes about the intangible problems of cities as seen in the urban bubbles of Monterrey.

To learn more about these contributors and their articles, head to