ARCH 502A: Adaptive M isuse

Insurgent Border Wall Architecture

The U.S. and Mexico border wall is a mechanism of separation and control, and this thesis proposal playfully challenges the wall’s intended impermeability through a series of insurgent design operations. Such interventions of resistance will use architecture to activate binational human exchange, both tangible and intangible, at the border.

Contextualizing the border wall as an existing kit of parts, insurgent interventions include a playground, taco spot, library, amphitheater, mini golf course, and butterfly refuge. Each independently responds to the border through a unique action strategy, such as intersection and rotation of the existing wall.