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Borderwall as Architecture


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Table of Contents

Foreword Borderwalls as Public Space?
Teddy Cruz


Introduction The Revolting Door
Ronald Rael

ONE Pilgrims at the Wall
Marcello Di Cintio

TWO Borderwall as Architecture: The Divided
States of North America
Ronald Rael

THREE Transborderisms: Practices That Tear
Down Walls
Norma Iglesias-Prieto

FOUR Recuerdos/Souvenirs: A Nuevo Grand Tour
Ronald Rael

FIVE Why Walls Won't Work
Michael Dear

SIX Afterwards
Ronald Rael

Selected Bibliography

About the Author

Ronald Rael is Associate Professor in the departments of Architecture and Art Practice at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Earth Architecture, a history of building with earth in the modern era that exemplifies new, creative uses of the oldest building material on the planet. The Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum have recognized his work, and in 2014 his creative practice, Rael San Fratello, was named an Emerging Voice by the Architectural League of New York.


"Part historical account, part theoretical appraisal, and part design manifesto, Borderwall as Architecture is reminiscent of Rem Koolhaas' Delirious New York in its sweeping assessment of both the sociocultural peculiarities and outlandish possibilities represented by a prominent structural element." -- Blaine Brownell Architect Magazine " raising questions that not many others are asking about the relationship between two countries that share 2,000 miles of border, his book serves an important purpose." The Daily Beast "Rael sees endless opportunities for creative defiance as he exposes the wall's xenophobic horror stories, absurdities and ironies by imagining design as both an undermining and reparative measure... [his proposals] force us to re-examine the feasibility of constructing "a big beautiful wall" around fortress America by underscoring that borders are innate zones of connectivity as much as division." New York Journal of Books

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