Doing Time: Architectural History

Lacking ornamentation and apparently two-dimensional to a viewer on either side, the prison-wall declaims its resistance to both the dynamism of the landscape from which it emerges and the unfolding history of the humanity within. Against the billowing sand of the desert and the fluidities of the Rio Grande, the chatter of children and the execrations of the immured, the prison-wall marks itself as a static object above time, above the landscape, unchanged by life and insusceptible to ruin.

As an architecture without history, the prison-wall will nonetheless house, frame, contain, conceal and preserve history, generating documents respecting its conceptualization, construction, operation, inhabitants, employees, and productions. These documents will be maintained in an underground, fully classified vault authenticated by and accessible only to authorized personnel housed within the prison-wall.

The Prison-Wall