Border Wall

Thresholds 40


An essay, Boundaryline Infrastructure by Ronald Rael, and Borderwall as Architecture is featured in Thresholds 40: Socio-.

PRAXIS 13: Ecologics


Borderwall as Infrastructure, as presented in the WPA 2.0 Competition, as well as the cover design by Rael San Fratello Architects, is featured in PRAXIS 13: Ecologics.

Fences, Walls and Borders: State of Insecurity?

Ronald Rael will present the paper Border Wall as Architecture at the International conference, Fences, Walls and Borders: State of Insecurity?, organized by the Raoul Dandurand Chair at the University of Quebec at Montreal in association with the Association for Borderlands Studies May 17-18, 2011.

Borderwall as Architecture

Ronald Rael, assistant professor of architecture, discusses his designs for alternatives uses for the wall between the United States and Mexico. 4:10 min. video produced by Roxanne Makasdjian, UC Berkeley Media Relations. Read more opinion and comments about the project here [ | NBC San Diego | | | | […]

Teeter Totter Wall

Teeter Totter Wall

The trade and labor relationships between the U.S. and Mexico are in delicate balance. Mexicans throng to the U.S. to find work, but often long to live comfortably in their own country. U.S. industry and agriculture is dependant upon immigrant labor pools, yet the Department of Homeland Security, Border Patrol, and Immigration and Naturalization Services have […]

Life Safety Border Beacon


When solar energy is coupled with water collection, it also offers a key component for the establishment of life safety beacons along the border. The principal cause of death among migrants attempting to cross the border illegally is dehydration. Solar generated electricity could power beacons that inform border patrol of both immigrants or American citizens […]

Wildlife Wall

Aerial view of wildlife observation walkways fused with the borderwall

The Border Wall, existing and proposed, cuts through countless wildlife and nature reserves. The borderland between the U.S. and Mexico includes grasslands, mountains and desert habitats that support a diverse range of wildlife. The Lower Rio Grande Valley alone hosts 17 endangered or threatened species. Ensuring the free movement of critically endangered species between Mexico […]

Burrito Wall


Casual exchange is common across the border wall ranging fro small talk, long visits with friends and family, and commercial exchanges of items ranging from food and bracelets to illegal merchandise. The Burrito Wall accommodates for a food cart to be inserted into the wall. The proximity to the wall and the security overhang create […]

WPA 2.0 Presentation Videos

Presentation delivered by Ronald Rael at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. at the WPA 2.0 Symposium. “There exists far more potential in a construction project that is estimated to cost up to $1,325.75 per linear foot.” Recognizing the high cost, limited effectiveness and unintended natural consequences of the new, multi-layered US/Mexico border wall […]

Border Wall as Infrastructure


By some measures, the U.S. Secure Fence Act of 2006 funded the single largest and most expensive building project in the United States of the 21st Century.  It finances 700 miles of fortification dividing the U.S. from Mexico at the average cost of $4 million dollars per mile.  In many locations it is fabricated of […]