Dec 11, 2008

The Toxicwall

The Toxicwall, designed by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute architecture student Henry Louis Miller, is a response to the bullying, isolationist tone (as he sees it) creeping into the national debate on immigration. It's a simple idea. Collect earth from polluted brownsites. Use it to make toxic bricks. Form these bricks into a wall along the nation's southern border. Prevent illegal immigrants from crossing by forcing them to risk contamination.

Some thoughts on why designing/undesigning the border interface is such an important topic for architects and social theorists ...

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