As the nation plows an average of $4 million dollars into each mile of fence, the only benefit is the slowed pace illegal crossings. Rael imagines a border blockade that enhances the communities by providing clean energy and water as well as communications and local trade.
His visualizes a large solar electric arrayalong the border (parts of which are the sunniest portions of the US) to provide communities with clean reliable energy. Rael also included plans for integrated solar-thermal vacuum tubes that collect thermal heat in large underground tanks to be used by schools, commercial buildings and factories. The fence could also collect storm water to ease urban infrastructure costs and store and supply clean water.
In perhaps his most ambitious and brilliant proposal, Rael takes the $33 million dollars allocated for the 6 mile fence near Mexicali and Calexico and replaces it with a water treatment plant. The elongated plant can clean one of the filthiest waterways in North America at the same cost as the fence. The plant will provide clean water to both sides, and it can use the methane from the biodigesters make electricity while still maintaining border security.
Rael’s concerns are not only environmental butsocial as well. Why not turn the famous fence at the Tijuana border into abikeand pedestrian path? His original idea of installing a burrito stand in the fence which allows for interaction and local commerce has bloomed into a variety of shared spaces. Rael would like to see a lending library in the middle of the fence — or a confessional.
These are just some of Rael’s ideas brought forward to improve the lives of residents and the environment while maintaining security. His groundbreaking proposals are sensitive and viable solutions to one of the thorniest issues that haunts the relationship between the US andMexico, and the environment they share.
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[…] Ronald Rael and UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design just unveiled the world’s largest 3D printed building made from powdered cement! Measuring 9 feet high by 12 feet wide and 12 feet deep, the swirling Bloom pavilion is composed of 840 custom-printed blocks made from an iron oxide-free Portland cement polymer. The variegated bricks are printed with delicate floral patterns that allow natural light to shine into the pavilion’s interior, and the building glows like a lantern when illuminated from within. UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design calls it the “first and largest powder-based 3-D-printed cement structure built to date.” […]
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