October 19, 2016
The Mamertine Group, an experimental design lab based at the University of Connecticut, and Estudio Pi, a Mexican architectural firm, have developed a prison-wall along America's frontier with Mexico.
The American and Mexican designers, working across that very border, collaboratively produced architectural renderings of the structure in various border landscapes (hills, the desert, a border crossing over a river, a city, and the urban landscape of Tijuana), floor plans, iconography, an infographic, and the symbolic use of the wall onAmerican currency.
The prison-wall echoes Luis Barragáns’ emblematically Mexican pink walls and the tradition in architecture of megalomaniac wall building. Moreover, the wall is not only a wall: as you can see in the hill landscape cross-section and the floor plans, it is a prison where 11 million undocumented people will be detained, interrogated, processed, classified, indoctrinated, and/or deported.
We hope that the visuals will allow the public to imagine the policy proposal in all of its gorgeous perversity.
October 28, 2016
A youTube video of the Prison-Wall project - a collaboration between the Mamertine Group and Estudio 3.14 - has registered more than 75,000 hits in its first weekend, trending in the top five of all youtube videos in France. The video was created by the interns program at Estudio 3.14 using images developed collaboratively with the Mamertine Group.