Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the question still remains “Do good fences still make good neighbours”? In recent years, the wall has been given renewed vigour, particularly along the U.S.-Mexico border and in Israel-Palestine. But the success of these new walls in the development of friendly and orderly relations between nations (or indeed, within nations) remains unclear. What role does the wall play in the development of security and insecurity? Exactly what kind of security is associated with border walls?
The US-Mexico border fence is one of the largest single construction projects in the country. Already measuring 600 miles long at a cost of $2.4 billion, the fence is as symbolic as it is utilitarian. Ronald Rael of Rael San Fratello Architects
has taken those cues with a prodigious series of sustainable boarder fence proposals that not only create renewable energy
and jobs but create a thriving economy and environment. His proposals are viable solutions to the environmental and social restraints imposed by the wall that has required multiple environmental act waivers to be built.