Through the spatial implementation of borders, nation states as well as social and political differences become apparent. This paper discusses various possible border conceptualizations in architectural discourse by elaborating their spatial characteristics (i.e. contemporary forms of border thinking) and by analysing a range of contemporary border conditions (i.e. contemporary border practices). The proposed conceptualizations of the border are: the border as limit, as territorial space, as political place, as place of gathering and as space of encounter. Despite the rich and rapidly expanding scholarly literature on border studies, their spatial complexities remain understudied. The paper proposes a synthetic understanding of the border as a space of simultaneity.
Keywords: border conditions; spatial analysis; simultaneity