The first containers have arrived on site. Hats off to Transportation Products Unlimited for the stellar job.
While working towards my Master in Architecture at California College of the Arts, I researched a thesis project on the border condition at El Paso - Juarez. In this dual nation city, there is a Friendship Park that is situated partly in the US and partly in Mexico.
This 'friendship park' is separated by a dry river bed, a highway, fences and razor wire. My thesis proposal used the open space on the Mexican side to create a much needed water treatment plant. The dry riverbed was transformed into a memorial park for those missing or lost to border crossing attempts.
Inhabitants from each country are allowed to 'visit' the other country's park by walking through a chain link enclosure, held aloft. They could engage with, and yet remain separated from one another.
On this inauguration day, I'd like to post some images of this thesis project in response to President Trump's proposed border wall. It is my hope that we start learning how to connect with one another rather than fearing one another. #WeWontBuildYourWall
Installing a steel moment frame is no small task. On-site welding, shown here, must be inspected by the engineer.
In my first years working as an architect-in-training I was asked to lead a Rebuilding Together build day. When I arrived on site at prep day I remember my boss looking at me and saying, "What do you want us to do?" He wanted instruction...from me? I handed him a bucket of paint and asked him to start priming the walls. In the end Kate Kennedy Middle School got a facelift and I got an education in leadership.