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Opinion: Architecture and the Border Wall

In the aftermath of the 2016 election, the American Institute of Architects issued an incendiary statement of congratulations and support for the yet-unknown infrastructure agenda of the Trump administration. The recoil from the architecture community was loud and swift. Architects, students, and community members publicly denounced what they saw as a greedy and spineless compromise of professional responsibilities, and #NotMyAIA began trending on Twitter. Within days, AIA CEO Robert Ivy rescinded the organization’s statement and apologized.

Flash forward to two weeks ago, when President Trump issued a preliminary RFP—request for proposals—for design prototypes of the long-promised border wall.

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Sat Jul 8 2017, Posted in News from the Collection


AIA ‘Committed to Working with President-Elect Trump’

The AIA and its 89,000 members are committed to working with President-elect Trump to address the issues our country faces, particularly strengthening the nation’s aging infrastructure. During the campaign, President-elect Trump called for committing at least $500 billion to infrastructure spending over five years. We stand ready to work with him and with the incoming 115th Congress to ensure that investments in schools, hospitals and other public infrastructure continue to be a major priority.

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Sat Jul 8 2017, Posted in News from the Collection


Borderwall as Architecture: A Manifesto for the U.S.-Mexico Boundary

Donald Trump has famously promised to build a “big beautiful wall” at the U.S.-Mexico border. Its construction could take more than three years and cost $21.6 billion, according to a report by the Department of Homeland Security, which has requested proposals for design-build prototypes. In February, Trump claimed it “is getting designed right now.” During his campaign, the President seized on the wall as a simple solution to complex problems of security and immigration.

Borderwall as Architecture: A Manifesto for the U.S.-Mexico Boundary, by Ronald Rael. University of California Press, April 2017, 200 pages, $29.95.

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Sat Jul 8 2017, Posted in News from the Collection


The economics of Donald Trump’s wall

DONALD TRUMP is a man of ideas. Although critics have lambasted him for flip-flopping on some policies (he now proposes to ban immigrants from “terrorist nations” rather than all Muslims), Mr Trump has stood firm on at least one proposal: his wall. A new report from Bernstein Research looks at the economics of the wall’s construction.

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Sat Jul 8 2017, Posted in News from the Collection


THE OTHER BORDER WALL: IN SOUTH AMERICA, PERU LASHES OUT AT OLD ENEMY ECUADOR OVER 900 MILE

Peru has demanded that Ecuador stop construction work on a wall that its neighbor is building on the border between the two countries

In official note sent by the government of Peru, Lima has demanded a halt to building work and requested a bilateral meeting to discuss technical and political issues.

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Wed Jul 5 2017, Posted in News from the Collection


Border Walls Aren’t ‘Fixing’ Anything – But the World Is Building Them Anyway

Europe’s Baltic States, worried about invasive neighbours, are raising a fence along their eastern frontier. Meanwhile, in Asia, Chinese President Xi Jinping is calling for the building of an iron wall around the Xinjiang region. In Latin America, Ecuador appears to have begun erecting concrete panels along the Peruvian state line. In Africa, a barrier between Somalia and Kenya, made of barbed wire, concrete and posts, is nearing completion.

This is a far cry from the illusion generated by the fall of the Berlin Wall — and by the utopian dream of a world without borders that emerged in the 1990s.

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Wed Jul 5 2017, Posted in News from the Collection


Centre national d’art et de culture Georges-Pompido – Rencontre Maurice Sherif 21-09-2015

Amexica, la violence du mur –

La frontière entre les États-Unis et le Mexique est la plus longue et la plus traversée de la planète, s’étirant de la côte Pacifique à la côte Atlantique. Depuis 2002, un mur physique et électronique de 1700 km coupe cette zone en deux. Le long du mur, un monde entre deux mondes est né, que certains analystes qualifient même de troisième nation : l’Amexica.

Au cours d’une première table ronde, les problèmes spécifiques de violence, d’immigration, de militarisation et de durcissement législatif que ce mur engendre seront débattus avec le public.

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Fri Oct 23 2015, Posted in News from the Collection


Into the wilderness

Texas has become the deadliest state in the US for undocumented immigrants. In 2012, 271 migrants died while crossing through Texas, surpassing Arizona as the nation’s most dangerous entry point. The majority of those deaths didn’t occur at the Texas-Mexico border but in rural Brooks County, 70 miles north of the Rio Grande, where the US Border Patrol has a checkpoint.

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Sat Dec 13 2014, Posted in News from the Collection


Judge sets hearing on blocking Obama immigration orders

A federal judge has set a court hearing later this month on a request from Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio to block the series of executive actions President Barack Obama recently announced allowing millions of illegal immigrants to obtain work permits and quasi-legal status.

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Fri Dec 12 2014, Posted in News from the Collection


THE IMMIGRANT CRACKDOWN

Men and women lean against the chapel wall, trying to stay in the shade it provides. A group of younger immigrants plays a pickup game of soccer. More still nap in the doorways of the shelter’s dormitories….

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Thu Dec 11 2014, Posted in News from the Collection


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