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Border Wall Goes Pink

Friday, October 28, 2016

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One recurring architectural theme of the current U.S. election cycle has been Republican candidate Donald J. Trump’s vision for a wide-ranging border wall, stretching across the country’s border with Mexico. A team of interns from one Mexican design firm decided to take on the task of envisioning the proposed wall, and put some twists on it—like making the whole thing pink.

The team from Estudio 3.14 recently released renderings of what it calls the “Prison Wall,” painted pink in a salute to one of Mexico’s best-known architects, Luis Barragan, who worked in bright colors. The wall is pictured in various settings—in the desert, near cities, in the water—and the team illustrates some of the wall-related ideas that have been broached in the past, to bring the wall idea to life “in all of its gorgeous perversity.”

More than a simple wall, it would be "a prison where 11 million undocumented people will be processed, classified, indoctrinated, and/or deported," the firm explains. It would also involve shopping malls, and would serve as an attraction—for Americans to climb atop and look out over the Mexican landscape.

It’s safe to say it’s all done with tongue firmly in cheek, but the Prison Wall project revives discussion of the wall and what it would mean in practice.

The Wall Proposal

The 1,954-mile-long border wall was a staple of Trump’s primary-season stump speech, at which time he assured voters that Mexico would pay for the structure. More recently, he has said that the United States would pay for its construction, with the understanding that Mexico would reimburse the country.

In a somewhat dystopic video, Estudio 3.14 shows how the wall they have envisioned carries out Trumps plans, including a “big, beautiful door” in the wall to facilitate legal border crossings.

According to reports, Estudio 3.14 says it worked with an American company called Mamertine Corporation on the Prison Wall project, though information on that company is hard to come by online. “Mamertine” is the name of a famed Roman prison.

   

Tagged categories: Architects; Architecture; Government; Infrastructure; North America; Program/Project Management

Comment from Tony Munson, (10/28/2016, 10:09 AM)

It's not big enough.


Comment from M. Halliwell, (10/28/2016, 11:17 AM)

Awww...and here I was envisioning a Pacific Rim-esque "Wall of Life" / Anti-Kaiju Wall type of megalithic structure. I guess monolithic pink would also work...just not as dramatic.


Comment from Car F., (10/31/2016, 12:07 PM)

The novel "It can't happen here", written with farsighted and astounding precision by American writer and literature Nobel Prize winner Sinclair Lewis [1930] tell us about walls, armies, corporations and a strong man with messianic delusion, of course disastrous situations like that “can’t happen here”


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