Chicago architects launch parody campaign to build a golden border wall for Trump

Border wall prototype at Mar-a-Lago (Mr. Trump in background).

Border wall prototype at Mar-a-Lago (Mr. Trump in background).

The architects behind the Flying Pigs on Parade project—which planned to install four golden pig-shaped balloons in front of the infamous Trump Tower Chicago sign—are back with another anti-Trump parody, this time mocking the President’s proposed border wall.

New World Projects, the Chicago-based firm known for creating visual commentary on the ridiculous nature of our current political environment, has released renderings and an accompanying GoFundMe campaign for a prototype wall that would surround the Mar-a-Lago resort and golf club in Palm Beach, Florida.

Mocking Trump’s penchant for ambitiously gaudy design, the proposal promises a 30-foot tall, gold finished picket fence on one side, that would be electrified on the other by six new coal plants built along the border. The project’s website cynically describes, “the bad guys on the other side can look through and imagine the riches and moral integrity of being American.”

Image courtesy of New World Projects.

Throughout the hypothetical scheme, the team has injected dark-humored digs at our President—such as the included detail that the project will “be built with Mexican labor and paid for by Canada.” Similarly, the renderings depict a macabre fantasy. In one, a US Border agent is shown controlling an aggravated dog in front of a full-scale version of the fence. The caption reads, “gold and shiny.”

The catalyst for the parody campaign was Brian Kolfage’s very real crowdfunding efforts to subsidize a portion of Trump’s Wall, which raised more than $20 million towards its goal of $1 billion. New World Projects has jokingly set their ambitions on $570 million, with the caveat that if they should not be able to execute their plans, all money raised will go instead to the International Refugee Assistance Program.

Foster + Partners Plan Automotive Museum on Disused Airfield in Rural England

Foster + Partners Plan Automotive Museum on Disused Airfield in Rural England, Courtesy of Foster + Partners

Courtesy of Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners have released images of their proposed Mullin Automotive Park at Enstone Airfield, now submitted for planning permission. Intended as a “world-class automotive museum in the heart of the British countryside” the scheme will rehabilitate a disused airfield to support a growing community of classic automobile collectors.

Designed as a collection of buildings arranged in a crescent, the museum draws inspiration from the concept of a rural estate, with a journey through a carefully-considered landscape towards a main focal building. As well as reflecting on the history of the automobile industry over the last century, the scheme will house an open-ended collection charting the future of mobility.

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Courtesy of Foster + Partners

Courtesy of Foster + Partners

The scheme contains a small cluster of workshop-style buildings located near the entrance, housing visitor facilities such as ticket offices and cafes. From there, visitors proceed through a landscape to site’s centerpiece museum, orientated to maximize thermal performance and minimize energy consumption.

The clustered nature of the scheme’s built element allows for most of the site to remain as green parkland. The site will also feature roads designed for exercising cars from the Mullin collection, while a series of residential pavilions and landscaped lodges bring enthusiasts closer to the automotive collection.

We are delighted to be part of this exciting new development that represents the convergence of mobility and lifestyle to create a new vision for the future. The Mullin Automotive Park will be a unique cultural destination set in Cotswold countryside, that seeks to support the wider community as well as providing a special experience for classic automobile collectors.
-Gerard Evenden, Head of Studio, Foster + Partners

News of the scheme comes weeks after Foster + Partners released details of their proposed soaring towers for Shenzhen, China.

News via: Foster + Partners

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