The dynamics of the globalized world acquire a physical condition in the contemporary city. Harbors are crucial presences in the urban environment and in the system of global trade. They provide primary needs for the citizens, enhancing the economic growth of the region, which hosts them. But they also represent a burden, demanding enormous amounts of volume for the logistic activities and significant efforts from the ecological system.
Along with the volumes of material goods, intangible and non-official flows of knowledge and memories arrive too. They all focus in places of the city closed from the rest of the urban environment, or even existing only in the virtual space. It is a major challenge to make the interaction between the global dimension and the local context: cities with strong social and cultural heritages which are translated in its natural and urban landscape and in traditions and behaviors that its citizens perform daily. The citizens tap into the global flows, in need of goods and information, usually delivered to the door or to the screen of their smartphone. Their only role in the global dimension is that of the consumer or a number in a statistic: the individual does not perceive the extension of the global flows, and he does not have an active role in the system of the globalized world. There is a hard and often impermeable limit that exists between the two: a wall, a heavy infrastructure, an armed authority. But the border itself is at the same time the urban and architectural element that brings the two realities together, on a short distance. This research wants to envision the urban element of the border not only as a line or a policy that divides and isolates. It becomes a space, a volume, informed by the disciplines of urbanism and architecture, that brings them together so that they can learn from each other. The border draws the line at the end of a land and of a territory. By doing so, it creates a negative that describes what exists on the other side of it: the world, the sea, the different, the unknown.
On the border, between land and sea, a person is standing, telling his story, acclimated in the territory he inhabits. And he sees the world coming, passing through the harbor, leaving traces and hearing his story. In other parts of the border and in different borders across the globe, there are other persons, learning from his singularity and his memory. In this way, a theatre springs to life: a space where everyone performs, and everyone empathizes.