Just days ahead of the US presidential election that has already wreaked havoc on the nation, if not the world, Mexican architecture firm Legorreta has shared a proposal in response to Republican candidate Donald Trump’s outlandish border wall concept. Legorreta designed the Cross Border Xpress (CBX) bridges to connect Otay, a southern California border town, with Tijuana, Mexico. The bridges would span existing border crossings and, along with a terminal, would help expedite the flow of travelers between the two countries. Effectively, Legorreta would do the exact opposite of what Trump wants.
Trump has made many promises that, if elected, he would build an “impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful, southern border wall” between the US and Mexico as part of his flimsy national security strategy. The aim, of course, is to keep Mexicans in Mexico, so they cannot enter the US illegally and steal employment and social services from American citizens. Most Americans do not support Trump, but polls and political analysts still suggest he has a real shot at the White House. Even so, the odds of a US/Mexico border wall becoming a reality are incredibly slim, as such a project would come with an enormous budget, and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has already made it clear his government is not interested in sharing the cost, as Trump had previously promised his supporters on the president’s behalf.
The bridge proposal from Legorreta, a firm named for its founder Ricardo Legorreta, defies Trump’s vision directly, with a bold purple bridge at one of the busiest border crossings between the two countries. The proposed bridge is an enclosed 14,788-square-foot pedestrian walkway, which would connect the the existing Tijuana International Airport in Mexico with a new airport terminal in San Diego, just across the border. “The US-Mexico Border is the busiest in the world and one of the most fortified ones,” said Legorreta. “The facility is built on a plot located in Otay, San Diego, to expedite the crosswalk at the US-Mexico border. The cross border needed to have a direct connection between the migration departments of both countries to mitigate traffic in the current checkpoint, this way Otay Cross Border Xpress becomes an unprecedented contribution to the region.”
While Legorretta’s aim was to turn Trump’s proposal on its head, other Mexican designers have responded to the border wall idea by illustrating how ridiculous such a thing would be. All told, it’s fairly clear that if Trump really wants to build a wall between the US and Mexico, he may have to do it all by himself.
Images via Legorretta