The US-Mexico border region, a complex zone of cultural and urban transition, faces an impending crisis of drought, water contamination, and binational water disputes, some of which have already come to fruition. Seemingly in neglect of these issues, the construction of the US-mandated border fence blindly divides this environmentally sensitive region, separating cities from their water supplies, and raising conflict over water rights between the US and Mexico.
I am about to be a fifth year architecture student at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. This summer I travelled between my hometown Austin, TX and Brownsville, TX to film and research the environmental impacts of the wall on water systems and wildlife. I aim to redesign the fence as a contextually responsive object, shaped by the ecological and cultural issues which it inevitably alters.