Rather than a tool for division and discord, Open Wall is an optimistic intervention that offers refuge, life, and growth – a habitable wall along the US/Mexico Border. Envisioned as a shelterbelt and way-station to those crossing, over time, its open framework provides the scaffolding for future life. Its unmistakable figure in the desert landscape, the wall welcomes an approach to a linear oasis in a otherwise desert no man’s land. The wall will be there before being something, it will be there after, relentlessly subverting its own purpose to become a destination rather than an arbitrary line - an architectural refuge that helps bind rather than divide.
5x5 Participatory Provocations has been on view at the University of Illinois (Feb-March 2016), the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (Jul-Aug 2016), and RISD (October 2016). Future venues include the OMI International Arts Center (Jan-Mar 2017) and the Center for Architecture in New York.