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
[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.