On the campaign trail, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has threatened to build a wall along the Mexico-US border to keep out Mexican immigrants (or “bad hombres,” as he calls them).
But what would Trump’s proposed wall look like in reality?
Mexican architects from Estudio 3.14, a design firm based in Guadalajara, imagined a hot pink border that stretches 1,534 kms, called the “Prison-Wall.”
The renderings are meant to show the impracticality of building the wall, designer Norberto Miranda told Business Insider. He says the border likely wouldn’t foster positive relations with Mexico, and the country’s rolling mountain ranges would make construction difficult.
CNBC’s Kate Drew wrote that the construction would cost the US government $19 billion to $32 billion. Maintenance and hiring 21,000 agents as border patrol would cost an additional $2.72 billion per year, according to CNBC and an analysis by Politico. Estudio 3.14 designed the renderings around these estimates.
The design was also inspired by the work of renowned Mexican architect Luis Barragán, who is famous for his blunt, stucco walls and use of bright colors.
Stretching from the Pacific Coast to the Gulf of Mexico, the wall would separate the southwest US from northern Mexico.
The wall would include a prison for immigrants, holding up to '11 million people who Trump plans to deport,' Miranda said.
Another part would feature a manufacturing plant, where the prisoners would work to maintain the wall.
The mountain ranges along the Mexico-US border would make the wall's construction nearly impossible and costlier, Miranda says. The areas without existing fences are the most dense and arid, so taking those physical challenges into consideration, it would take 16 years to build.
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