How would you define a wall? As an intro into the semester, we created a list of words and pictures answering this question. Our list varied from the apparent purpose of dividing to a more abstract view: transparency, strength, fear, living, alienation. To think beyond these preconceived ideas, words from our list were chosen and given antonyms; next, we were tasked into designing walls which portrayed them. Unification, obscurity, weakness, comfort, and dead were the antonyms we boggled over creating a design but eventually accomplished. Ultimately, this assignment gave us a new perspective, going into the project brief, of what a wall can represent, appear as, or exist for.
After the first exercise, we were finally assigned the project. The task was to design and build a full-size functional wall that spoke in multiple ways to the issues seen at the border between the United States and Mexico. We were given a $500 budget to purchase the necessary materials and construct the wall we designed.
Our research can be found under the Project research tab on this site.
We produced a large quantity of concepts and models in this phase, allowing us to begin producing a completed design for our wall. Those featured below were ideas that had an influence in the final design.
This phase consisted of selecting a final design, determining precise dimensions, and budgeting materials. Below are our study models from this phase.
The design process essentially concluded with the design review. We presented all of the work from the semester, and our construction plan drawings for the wall before a jury of architects. Below is are the construction drawings which we will use to build this wall over the course of the next nine weeks.