Borderwall as Architecture: A Manifesto for the U.S.-Mexico Boundary

Date: 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Gund Hall Gund 112 Stubbins

Speaker: Ronald Real, Associate Professor of Architecture, Eva Li Memorial Chair in Architecture, UC Berkeley

Despite recent attention to wall building as a security measure, the building of barriers along the U.S. – Mexico border is not a new phenomenon. The U.S. Secure Fence Act of 2006 funded the single-largest domestic building project in the twenty-first century and financed approximately 700 miles of fortification, dividing the U.S. from Mexico at a cost of up to $16 million per mile. Today, approximately one third of the 1,954-mile-long border between the U.S. and Mexico has been walled off. Ronald Rael will discuss his book, Borderwall as Architecture: A Manifesto for the U.S. - Mexico Boundary, a timely re-examination of what the physical barrier that divides the United States of America and both a protest against the wall and a projection about its future.

Moderator: Diane Davis, Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Regional Planning and Urbanism, Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University

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