US and Mexican architects propose utopian vision in place of Trump’s wall

A team called MADE Collective, comprised of Mexican and US nationals, has proposed a bi-national zone of renewable power, free social services and advanced technology as an alternative to President Trump’s border wall.

The Otra Nation ("Other Nation" in English) would consist of a strip of land stretching for 12 miles on either side of the border fence, and would be fitted with infrastructure and services provided equally by both countries.

The project would contain 90,000-square-kilometres of solar farms located in the desert that would be capable of producing enough to energy to power Otra. There would be universal healthcare and education, supported by microchipped identification, and transport would be provided by Hyperloops and electric cars. 

The shared nation would have locally elected governors and territorial legislatures. Additionally, a non-voting resident commissioners would be elected to the US House of Representatives and the Mexican government.

In an interview MADE collective members admit there’s a "very, very slim" chance of the project going ahead, even though it has been submitted to the American government as a proposal.

Marina Muñoz, a member of the collective, said: "We can really make the complete American continent great again." Cameron Sinclair, who co-founded Architecture for Humanity, said: "We should at least have the opportunity for both nations to vote on a solution."

Read more about MADE collective’s proposal here.

Images courtesy of MADE collective

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  1. It is clear that the wall is going to be built.

    It is not the first wall to be built for migration control or defence and it will not be the last.

    However, in this day and age, it should be possible to do some imaginative linear development of economic benegfit, rather than a concrete “Berlin Wall”.

    The MADE collective is one solution and another is a series of linear buildings; housing, offices, social centres, hotels, prisons, etc. etc.

    There parts of the “wall”, which because of the geography can only be a fence, if that, not even a wall, but other parts of the wall could have clusters of development and I do hope that all the effort that is put into constructing this wall will produce a economic benefit for the desert through which it travels, while controlling the migration of people back and forward between America and Mexico.

  2. This sounds like a really great idea; purposeful and aesthetic. I like it very much.

  3. What a brilliant solution to a daft idea

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