A new take on the US-Mexico border
A Miami architecture firm, Domo Architecture+Design, has offered a different approach to the US-Mexico border wall President-elect Donald Trump wants to build. Even though they were not commissioned to draft a proposal they presented a conceptual rendering that completely changes the notion of a border wall.
"We wanted to show through design that there are alternatives to building a wall, which is both a visual and physical barrier and culturally insensitive to either country," principal architect Robert Moehring told The Real Deal, a South Florida real estate news agency.
Their proposal consists in a wall that doesn’t obstructs the view between both countries. It is also an ecofriendly and sustainable solution as it would be made of about 750,000 recycled shipping containers. They would be placed 25 feet into the ground so that they create a sloping barrier throughout the 1,989-mile border.
Moering said their inspiration came from natural elements like rivers, cliffs and mountains. “We’re trying to mimic and reshape a natural formation of a border instead of a concrete Wall,” he added.
The firm also suggests in replacing the 650 miles of already existing wall with this open design. Nonetheless they did not provide a cost estimate, although recycled containers could be acquired cheaply or even for free. Instead, according to the commercial construction firm, AllianceBernstein, a wall made of precast concrete and standing up to 50 feet tall would cost between $15 billion and $25 billion.
Trump’s controversial idea of building a wall between the US and Mexico became a key part of his presidential campaign. “I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I'll build them very inexpensively," Trump said during his candidacy speech in June 2015. "I will build a great, great wall on our southern border. And I will have Mexico pay for that wall."
Despite Trump’s intentions, the Mexican government has already stated they will not be paying for that wall.