During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump proposed a border wall to keep Mexicans out of the United States. In response, Miami Beach-based firm DOMO Architecture + Design has envisioned a Sustainable Natural Border made of recycled shipping containers topped with flowers as an alternative to ugly grey concrete. Their border wall design is inspired by cliffs, mountains, and rivers.
The sustainable United States-Mexico border stands in sharp contrast to Trump’s grotesque scheme. DOMO Architecture + Design visualized a “more balanced and positive approach” with their Sustainable Natural Border that would be made of around 750,000 donated shipping containers dug 25 feet into the earth. On the Mexican side, the land would slope gently down to the wall made of three shipping containers stacked atop one another, allowing the view from both sides to be unimpeded.
The design sketches even include flowers flourishing in the shipping containers; in the project description the firm said the containers would be “placed in various modular configurations to develop natural land formations that will blend into the natural scenic beauty of the region.” Public spaces and parks could be built near the wall.
Architect Robert Moehring told Florida real estate publication The Real Deal, “We wanted to show through design that there are alternatives to building a wall, which is both a visual and physical barrier and culturally insensitive to either country. There are other ways to build a border that is friendly and open instead of building a concrete wall.”
Moehring and fellow designer Francisco Llado haven’t put a price tag on their vision, but they do say it would be less expensive than Trump’s outlandish 35- to 40-foot high wall, which the President-elect at one point said would cost $8 billion to construct but a construction expert later told the Washington Post would probably cost more like $25 billion.
DOMO Architecture + Design isn’t planning to present Sustainable Natural Border to Trump, although should the President-elect decide to pursue his divisive intention, he would do well to solicit sustainable designs.
Via The Real Deal
Images via DOMO Architecture + Design