The new, improved border fence (as seen by a liberal Berkeley professor)

by editor on April 7, 2011

Ronald Rael is an assistant professor of architecture at U.C. Berkeley. And he has some decidedly odd ideas about a new, improved border fence that could only have come from that mind-numbingly liberal institution of higher education indoctrination.

[Rael] has re-envisioned the wall as something like a town center, complete with infrastructure, social services, and recreational facilities. Among the stations he envisions along the wall are a volleyball court, a confessional, a lending library, a water catchment system, a wastewater treatment plant, a solar farm, and even a “burrito wall” featuring “a food cart inserted into the wall, allowing people from each side of the border to share a meal, chat and conduct business, all within full view of security.” …

“Border Wall as Infrastructure” a proposal by Rael and a partner, Virginia San Fratello, was a finalist in the 2010 Working Public Architecture 2.0 Competition organized by UCLA’s cityLAB.

Rael says the wall between the United States and Mexico, the new wall as he conceives it, that is, “will bring people together.”

Yeah. It probably will. Unfortunately, it would bring them together on this side of the border.

“Many of the designs,” Rael says, “are satirical.” Problem is, you can’t tell the serious ones from the satirical ones.

Source: FastCoDesign.com

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BoilerUp April 7, 2011 at 7:29 am

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With ideas like that, no wonder he works in academia instead of the real world.

Pittsburgh Z April 7, 2011 at 6:28 pm

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Think the prof has tenure?

DeanH April 7, 2011 at 6:48 pm

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They make a special shampoo for that, right? Or is it a toothpaste?

CS April 7, 2011 at 7:37 am

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What, no cocaine vendors?

sifi April 7, 2011 at 7:38 am

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Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?

1 Corinthians 1:20 NIV

SSDD April 7, 2011 at 7:41 am

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I envision a 50 foot wall that runs the length of the entire Southern border. It would be covered in concertina wire, with snipers perched on top and heavily armed guards with dogs positioned on the ground every 50 feet or so. They would have orders to keep illegals out using deadly force if necessary. There would be signs with both pictures and words telling the criminal illegals what awaited them.

I think we need to build a wall around Berkeley to keep all those f**king liberal idiots inside away from the rest of us.

Wes April 7, 2011 at 8:12 am

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The next time a resume comes across my hiring desk with “educated at Berkeley” on it, it may not have the desired reaction the applicant hopes for.

hisham April 7, 2011 at 8:39 am

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Leave it to some effing idiot from UC Berkley to come up with something as lame as this ‘border security fence’ and leave it to the libtards that run the effing state of Kalifornia to think it’s cool! I so do not want to return to Kalifornia. These cheesed**ks should have their federal allowance cut off and be forced to go to their rooms, no computers, no radios, no telephones, no wifis, no ipads or ipods, you get the idea. And they should only be allowed to come out after they apologize to the rest of us for being so f***ing stupid and selfish!

KimmyQueen April 7, 2011 at 11:24 am

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So….. beautify the wall and apply purpose for parts of the wall for both people and the environment will somehow make people want to come LESS to the border to try to cross over? I don’t get it. The problem is getting people TO NOT want to come to the wall so making beautiful walls and what not so people can communicate and drink from it is not solving that problem. As for the filtration system to detoxify the river I do agree that would be a very useful enterprise but that doesn’t have to be connected to the wall at all and it can be just at this side of the border. If Mexico doesn’t want the polluted water on their side then what they have to do is build their own filtration system.

Paden April 7, 2011 at 11:34 am

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Do insane people become liberals or does liberal-ism create insanity.
I think Both

KimmyQueen April 8, 2011 at 6:16 pm

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I have a theory that some people are more susceptible to the liberal virus than others, therefore once they are infected they can’t shake it off and they become insane, however in order to be susceptible to it so easily, something had to be wrong with them in the first place… so I say… it is both too.

Buck O'Fama April 7, 2011 at 12:40 pm

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This guy is only an “assistant” professor. You can imagine the stupid shit that comes from the ones who’ve made full bird-brain.

Gregory Tart April 7, 2011 at 1:11 pm

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Could he please design a wall around Berkeley

peter April 7, 2011 at 7:18 pm

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god,,,i hate liberals!

Noelegy April 7, 2011 at 8:10 pm

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Yeah, if we all just sit down and eat burritoes together in what looks like a prison visitation room, then we’ll all get along! I’m sorry, but mutual respect and trust are necessary to “bring us together.” These are qualities that must be earned; they cannot be forced.

RockingHorseGuy April 8, 2011 at 9:33 am

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Hey, I love a good burrito, but why does the food at this fictional border have to be Mexican? How about a good burger and fries? Or a thick ribeye, broiled to perfection? Oh, that’s right. This is all to appease the people on the other side of the border. The quality of life on this side matters not.

CurtisHx April 8, 2011 at 6:02 pm

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Your post made me hungry. Now I want steak. A nice, juicy, steak. With just a hint of pink in the middle. With mashed potatoes and green beans……mmmmmmmmmm…….

Alright. Where’s the nearest cow?

RockingHorseGuy April 8, 2011 at 8:50 pm

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The nearest cow was just stolen by an illegal alien, to make burritos with.

KimmyQueen April 8, 2011 at 6:19 pm

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The situation is that I won’t trust anything cooked by a Mexican at a border wall. I mean really? where is the water from? and did he watch his hands? EWWWWWW…..

NO I am not a racist I am just being a realist here…

RockingHorseGuy April 8, 2011 at 8:52 pm

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Kimmy, I understand your reasoning, but I’ve always been a risktaker. Some of the best food I’ve ever had came from taco carts and hole-in-the-wall taco shops in Mexico. And I mean actual holes in the wall of a building where they are serving tacos. Mmmmmmm.

KimmyQueen April 9, 2011 at 8:01 pm

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Well I like to play it safe with my digestive system. I don’t even want to think of the amount of Activia it is going to take to make things right again. :-/

KimmyQueen April 9, 2011 at 7:55 pm

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I meant wash not watch lol sorry about that.

Noelegy April 7, 2011 at 8:12 pm

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By the way, if you want to see what a U.C. Berkeley education is worth, check out this dude (NSFW):

http://keithboadwee.com/home.html

This man has an MFA. I don’t mind shocking or controversial. What I mind is bad art, and this guy is baaaaaaaaaad. His Obama tribute is amusing, though probably not in the way he intended it.

RockingHorseGuy April 8, 2011 at 9:35 am

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Fail.

hardwurkindaddy April 8, 2011 at 5:41 am

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I say we do several things…
1. Use Mexico as an urban assault training ground
2. In the training exercise we can “accidentally” take out the central government.
3. In the absence of a government we can annex the country.
4. Kill all the druglords.
5. Enjoy our new southern state!

KimmyQueen April 8, 2011 at 6:27 pm

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I call shotgun on a nice new sprawling beach on Cabo San Lucas. ;-)

David Mathis April 8, 2011 at 5:52 pm

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holy s*** i just lost brain cells listening to that guy.

and who is going to fund all of this???

RockingHorseGuy April 8, 2011 at 8:53 pm

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Mr. Mathis, please. Don’t try to convince me you don’t know who would be paying for this.

Jeff April 8, 2011 at 7:33 pm

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Liberalism really is a mental disorder, I have no doubt in my mind anymore.

David Mathis April 8, 2011 at 10:14 pm

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Mr. Rockinghorse, I was letting pure sarcasm flow out of my mouth, kinda like Rachel Maddow does a on nightly basis, although I do have an IQ above single digits

RockingHorseGuy April 9, 2011 at 9:16 am

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And I was just continuing on with the sarcasm, Mr. Mathis. Of course I knew you knew who would be paying for it. Otherwise, you wouldn’t have asked the question, would you? An ignorant person wouldn’t even be concerned who was paying for it, and that would make them a liberal.

peter April 10, 2011 at 8:22 am

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o.k. kid’s,,quit bickering at each other and concentrate on how we can most effectivly remove these piece of shit liberals from our great nation!

Bohemond April 11, 2011 at 7:52 am

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Better idea: two fences, 80 meters apart. Outer fence 20 ft chain-link topped with razor wire, with motion sensors. Inner fence 30 ft solid concrete and/or steel, topped with razor wire and fronted with same to a depth of 20 meters.

In between: land mines, backed with command-detonated claymores. Manned machine-gun towers every half-click.

KimmyQueen April 11, 2011 at 8:51 am

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It sounds good to me. Get those plans going.

Cheryl April 15, 2011 at 9:47 am

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The only reason to put anything at the border is to keep people from crossing illegally. Since Liberals want to legalize drugs, its is simple – Build a “Pawn Shop” on the border. Bullet proof glass extra security and a door on both sides. When liberals find a gun they can take it directly to the border “Pawn Shop” and sell it and buy some drugs and return home fried. The Mexicans can bring their drugs to the pawn shop and exchange them for the guns. Win Win everybody’s happy and no one has to make a dangerous trip through the US trying to pedal their drugs and killing innocent citizens at the same time.

Snakeboy85 May 24, 2011 at 10:04 am

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Liberalism is a mental disorder.