Architecture Today Is The Ultimate Microcosm Of A Divided Nation

Architecture today is the ultimate microcosm of a divided nation

Yesterday, the national nonprofit Architecture Lobby announced plans for a national day of action to oppose the Trump administration’s mandate to build a wall on the border of Mexico. On March 10, the lobby has asked that architects and engineers demonstrate against the border wall and the recent immigration policies with a walkout.

The day of protest coincides with the due date for vendors bidding on construction of the border wall to submit prototypes to the Department of Homeland Security, according to a pre-solicitation notice DHS released last week. As Kriston Capps at CityLab reports, nearly 200 construction and engineering firms expressed interest in working on the project just days after the notice was issued, and a full week before the official solicitation will be posted on March 6. The eagerness of part of the industry to be involved with the construction of the wall contrasts starkly with the refusal of others—and mirrors a broader political divide across the nation.

The 200 interested companies is a remarkable showing, given how condensed the timeline is for submitting full proposals on a massive building project, but perhaps not surprising: For any architecture, engineering, or construction firm, a federal contract of this size would significantly boost business. According to estimates in an early DHS report, building the 2,000-mile-long wall could take over three and a half years and cost $21.6 million. Some of the companies that have expressed interest in bidding have worked with the government on infrastructure and defense projects before. Caddell Construction, for example, has taken on several projects with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Bureau of Prisons alike. The defense and engineering giant Raytheon was awarded a contract in 2015 to secure Jordan’s border with Syria. […]

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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