The article is not so recent (June 2006), but I still think it is worth it to speak about it since this project gathers the biggest bullshit architectural discourse I ever had to listen to…
It starts with a stupid idea competition organized by the New York Times
calls A Fence With More Beauty, Fewer Barbs
that proposes to thirteen architects to design the US/Mexico border instead of leaving it to technocrats.
Only five firms did propose a scheme and the one exhibited by the NYTimes is Eric Owen Moss
‘accompanied by a short audio explanation. Moss proposes an incredible aesthetization of the political violence of this fence by making it composed of transparent pipes’ rows and argue in a stunning naive way that the interface zone will be a promenade like Paris’ Champ Elysees. He then dig a tunnel in which there could be an exchange of culture and other kind of western filthy attitude of accepting everything coming from other countries (economy, skills and culture) except humans.
A wall is a wall and as pretty as you can make it look, it remains an object that violents bodies by preventing their movement. An architect who does not realize that a the geo-political scale may probably not realize it in every building he gets to build…You can read another critique expressed by Patricio del Real by clicking here
. This has been sent to me by Ronald Rael
who did design a proposition for the border besides this NYTimes context.