Posts Tagged ‘border’

Recuerdos: Snow Globes

Pedestrian and Bicycle Path Wall

Since 2000, Partners Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello have been traveling along the U.S. Mexico border, collecting memories and stories of the places and people they have met and encountered. The Snow Globes series is a collection of souvenirs memorializing some of the most remarkable border wall conditions that are catalyzed by the creation […]


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Recuerdos (Souvenirs) is a journey documenting a series of scenarios, real and imagined, along the U.S.-Mexico Border Wall. It is a story that must be told, for it is an account of the largest construction project in 21st century Usonia. Almost exactly the distance of the Grand Tour, the migratory route for upper-class European men […]


Recuerdos: key chains, snow globes and post cards

Trazando la Linea is an exhibition (open from May 4 until July 8, 2012) that tells the story of the Mexico-U.S. border In Baja California from 1848 to the present day. Although the line commemorated the divide between two nation-states, borderland peoples continued their centuries-old practices of cross-border commerce and society. Twin towns flourished on […]

Political Equator 3

Megatron video in the Las Laureles Canyon settlement in Tijuana

Rael San Fratello was an invited participant to the Political Equator 3 conference held in San Ysidro, California. The nomadic conference took place in a series of locations and included a crossing of the border between the U.S. and Mexico through a culvert in the Tijuana River tributary which flows through Goat’s Canyon.

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 […]

Border Wall on Design Observer

Linda Samuels discusses Working Public Architecture 2.0 and the Border Wall as Infrastructure at Design Observer. “Border Wall as Infrastructure (from the Bay Area team of Rael San Fratello Architects) tackled one of our greatest infrastructural challenges…” Read more at Design Observer

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 […]