Mud Frontier: Architecture at the Borderlands
ABOUT THE FILM
Set in the remote San Luis Valley of Colorado, Mud Frontier: Architecture at the Borderlands is a feature-length documentary film that follows design studio Rael San Fratello’s experimentation with 3D-printing technology and traditional adobe architecture. Presented by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, the film tells the story of the studio’s founders, Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello, who are motivated by the neglect and abandonment of customary earthen building techniques that were once widely used throughout the region. In an area where Indigenous and European colonists have historically lived both in harmony and in conflict with one another, Rael San Fratello reflect on this legacy to forge new methods of creative production.
The documentary film was produced with support from the Latino Initiative Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center.