Archinect - News 2017-10-17T03:59:45-04:00 Transparent border wall: Trump selects firms to build 'other materials' prototypes Alexander Walter 2017-09-08T14:16:00-04:00 >2017-09-10T23:19:27-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The Trump administration has awarded contracts to build four&nbsp;border wall prototypes using non-concrete "other materials," U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Thursday. The contracts came a week after the administration announced four companies that will&nbsp;build prototypes of concrete border walls. In all, the eight prototype walls will cost about $3.6 million.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Adding to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">four firms already selected</a> to build border wall prototypes last week, Trump now also contracted another round of companies that will specifically build&nbsp;<em>non-concrete</em> prototypes of his <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">favorite campaign promise</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>By encouraging 'other materials' border wall designs, Trump hopes to eliminate concrete's main drawback &mdash;&nbsp;its opaqueness &mdash; and thus save countless lives of clueless border fl&acirc;neurs potentially being hit by large sacks of drugs hurled over the wall from the Southern side. As he explained to reporters:&nbsp;"As horrible as it sounds, when they throw the large sacks of drugs over, and if you have people on the other side of the wall, you don't see them &mdash; they hit you on the head with 60 pounds of stuff? It's over. As crazy as that sounds, you need transparency through that wall."</p> <p>The four companies chosen to tackle this challenge and erect the non-concrete 'other materials' prototypes are:</p> <ul><li>Caddell Construction in Montgomery,&nbsp;Alabama (also included in last week's select...</li></ul> U.S. Customs and Border Protection has awarded contracts for Border Wall prototypes Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-09-01T14:14:00-04:00 >2017-09-04T22:45:51-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>First, given their robust physical characteristics, like, reinforced concrete, between 18-30 feet high, the concrete border wall prototypes are designed to deter illegal crossings in the area in which they are constructed. Second, the concrete border wall prototypes will allow CBP to evaluate the potential for new wall and barrier designs that could complement the wall and barrier designs we have used along the border over the last several years.</p></em><br /><br /><p>On Thursday, CBP announced that it had awarded contracts to build several 30-foot-high concrete wall prototypes, which are supposed to&nbsp;inform future design standards and will likely continue to evolve to meet the U.S. Border Patrol&rsquo;s requirements. <br></p> <p>The four companies that will build the prototypes &mdash;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Caddell Construction Company of Montgomery</a>, Ala.; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fisher Sand and Gravel Company of Tempe</a>, Ariz.; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Texas Sterling Construction Company of Houston</a>, Tex.; and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">W. G. Yates &amp; Sons Construction Company of Philadelphia</a>, Miss. &mdash; received contracts between $400,000 and $500,000 each.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;The border wall prototypes and designs will complement other tools we employ to secure our borders,&rdquo; said Ronald D. Vitiello, acting deputy commissioner at Customs and Border Protection.</p> <p>The <a href=";_r=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>NYT</em></a><em></em> reports that "Homeland Security officials have also asked that a wall be at least somewhat aesthetically pleasing, at least from the American side, according to contracting documents."</p>... A solar-paneled US/Mexico border wall? Nicholas Korody 2017-06-07T12:56:00-04:00 >2017-06-07T17:46:57-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>President Donald Trump floated putting solar panels on his planned Mexican border wall in a meeting with legislative leaders Tuesday afternoon, according to White House and Capitol Hill officials. It was unclear why Trump brought up the topic, but he presented the panels as a way to fund the wall, which is expected to cost billions of dollars, according to three people familiar with the conversation.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Of course, this comes on the heels of intense criticism of the President's decision to <a href="" target="_blank">withdraw</a> from the Paris Agreement.&nbsp;</p> The Department of Homeland Security issues presolicitation for the border wall Nicholas Korody 2017-02-27T18:52:00-05:00 >2017-02-27T18:52:22-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection has <a href=";mode=form&amp;id=b8e1b2a6876519ca0aedd748e1e491cf&amp;tab=core&amp;tabmode=list&amp;=" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced</a> that it will solicit proposals for President Trump&rsquo;s proposed &ldquo;border wall&rdquo; beginning on March 6. According to the announcement, published on, the solicitation will be for several design-build prototype wall structures &ldquo;in the vicinity of the United States border with Mexico&rdquo;. The procurement will play out in two stages. First, concepts must be submitted by March 10, 2017. Then, following a selection process, a full request for proposals (RFP) will be put out to selected vendors. Included in the RFP will be the full price of the wall segment. Contracts are expected to be issued in mid-April.</p><p>As Archinect contributor Julia Ingalls recently pointed out, there are many logistical issues to building the wall, in addition to ethical problems. Read more <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Architecture and the Wall: Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman on the US-Mexico Border Nicholas Korody 2016-06-23T12:45:00-04:00 >2016-06-30T20:36:05-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>..We must expose rather than mask the institutional mechanisms driving uneven urban development. Such a revelation requires a corresponding expansion of our understanding of the scope of architecture itself&mdash;can we design human rights, for example? Can social justice become an architectural protocol? In other words, the most important materials with which architects must learn to work are not steel and concrete but critical knowledge of the underlying conditions that produce today&rsquo;s urban crises.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The article makes reference to the controversy generated a few months ago over a competition to design Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's proposed border wall between the US and Mexico. The editors of Bustler, Archinect's sister site, decided not to host the competition due to potential conflicts with our ethical standards, writing, "We are conflicted about the nature of the competition and fear that it promotes xenophobia. The competition goes against the ethical standards we strive to align ourselves with.&rdquo;</p><p>For more on the competition, check out the editorial on <a href="" target="_blank">Bustler.</a></p> MAD slips through borders with Salone del Mobile installation Julia Ingalls 2016-04-13T13:53:00-04:00 >2016-12-01T17:08:20-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Borders are often controversial</a> and rarely flexible, but Ma Yansong of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD</a> has playfully reinterpreted them with his installation for the 2016 Salone del Mobile in Milan. &ldquo;Borders are usually seen as something closed and unapproachable but I think it&rsquo;s interesting to make borders attractive, dynamic and engaging," Yansong said about his 'Invisible Border' installation, which strings strands of EFTE across the&nbsp;Cortile d&rsquo;Onore courtyard.&nbsp;"So we decided to play with the border between the historical loggias and the garden in front of it, and design a transition in-between them.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Part shelter, part fragmented contemplation site for the sky above, the strands emit a whistling sound in the wind, and are designed to provide a surface for illumination at night (with lighting provided by iGuzzini Illuminazione).&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&ldquo;Our installation blurs the boundaries between the traditional and the contemporary. You see the difference in each end, but the transition is very organic," Yansong continued. "It&rsquo;s ...</p> US/Mexico border wall competition provokes controversy Nicholas Korody 2016-03-16T17:08:00-04:00 >2016-03-21T12:36:57-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump dominated another round of primaries last night...further securing his position as the party&rsquo;s frontrunner. His polemical campaign continues to provoke criticism from both his own party and from Democrats, as concern over his inflammatory, xenophobic and sexist rhetoric transforms into panic. The debate breached into architecture after a competition was announced last week for design responses to Trump&rsquo;s call for a wall along the US/Mexico border.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Bustler, Archinect's sister site, declined the opportunity to post a competition calling for design responses to Donald Trump's calls for a border wall, which has since generated a good deal of controversy. Read about why &ndash; then join the debate on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p><p>For related content, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Minimalist Homes Rise in Tijuana as Violence Subsides</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Photo Project Details Life Along U.S.-Mexico Border</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Virtual Border</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">US border fences threaten ecosystem</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ecology of the Border Fence</a></li></ul> There's now a pedestrian bridge on the U.S.-Mexico border that let's you fly into Tijuana, and walk out into San Diego Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-12-11T13:35:00-05:00 >2015-12-11T13:41:51-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>A purple pedestrian bridge between two terminals that link Tijuana International Airport and San Diego over the U.S.-Mexico border opened to passengers Wednesday morning. The&nbsp;Cross Border Xpress is the first project to join a site in the U.S. with a foreign airport terminal. [...] The $120-million private venture aims to serve about 2.4 million fliers each year who usually would have to queue up in busy border crossings at San Ysidro and Otay Mesa on the California side.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Urban Omnibus travels the Brooklyn-Queens Divide Alexander Walter 2015-01-16T14:57:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T00:05:32-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>As a researcher interested in the intersection of urban form and place, Joseph Heathcott set out to explore how one of New York&rsquo;s borders shapes the lived experience and physical environment of its surroundings. Through historical research, photography, and deep observation, he traces the city&rsquo;s only major internal land boundary &mdash; the Brooklyn-Queens border &mdash; and draws out the social and spatial conditions of this largely invisible urban seam.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> El Paso, laser scanned in 3D Bryan Finoki 2013-05-16T14:23:00-04:00 >2013-05-21T18:06:09-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Robert Gonz&aacute;lez wants to create a 3D digital replica of Downtown El Paso, using lasers. The director of Texas Tech&rsquo;s fledgling architecture program in El Paso says the student project would be part of a new historic preservation program he is developing here. The project would create a permanent record, in 3D, of El Paso&rsquo;s most historic and endangered buildings.</p></em><br /><br /><p> An exhibition of 3D captured border cities from around the world projected onto giant scrims filling an abandoned maquilladora, might be an interesting project.&nbsp;</p> Winners of Borderless: Designing Future ASEAN Borders Alexander Walter 2013-05-02T18:21:00-04:00 >2013-05-06T13:51:45-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Winning design schemes have just been announced in the international competition Borderless: Designing Future ASEAN Borders. The competition brings attention to the spaces along the borders of the 10 members of ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, with the aim of improving their existing conditions.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Carolinas Work to Clarify Their Borders Archinect 2012-04-09T17:19:00-04:00 >2012-04-10T12:53:40-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>In an ambitious project, the states of North Carolina and South Carolina are trying to set the record straight. After years of historical research and old-fashioned survey work mixed with global positioning technology, they are moving the boundary back to where it belongs.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Peripheral Porosity Paul Petrunia 2011-06-06T18:06:43-04:00 >2011-06-08T09:49:09-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>For this brief phase in international relations, then, the U.S./Mexico border formally included a strange, pop-up entry/exit point. A kind of embassy of the porous. Passport stamps from the experience must surely stand as some of the most unique in the world, like some variation on philatelic collecting.</p></em><br /><br /><p> "Architect and designer Quilian Riano was on hand for the crossing, and these are his photographs reproduced here. By way of email, Riano described the physical terrain where they crossed beneath and through the border, remarking that the hydrological status of the land there 'really makes you think about how arbitrary borders are.'"</p> Berkeley Prof Reimagines US / Mexico Border Paul Petrunia 2011-04-05T19:10:45-04:00 >2011-11-29T20:46:03-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>&ldquo;It would be easy for me to raise a picket sign and as an architect say, &lsquo;Down with this wall!&rsquo;&rdquo; Rael said in a release. &ldquo;I have to accept the wall because it exists, but as a designer I see that something better is possible. Why not do something intelligent, something incredible? I envision not just a &lsquo;dumb wall,&rsquo; but a social infrastructure that connects and improves lives on both sides.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>