On the outskirts of El Paso, U.S.A, and Juárez, Mexico, you will find Sunland Park and Anapra – a meeting point connecting nature and city, separated by the linear border wall.
The Anapra neighborhood that reaches for the border follows the landscape terrain and is generally comprised of low-rise and very small family units, sheds, small commercial buildings, sandy roads, reused materials and an immense collection of in-between spaces. The chaos is limited by the fairly structured road system that connects the favela to the desert highways in one end and the city center of Juarez in the other, making it a popular and natural point of crossing for refugees.
Opposite to the Mexican architectural context leaning against the fence, the neighborhood of Sunland Park is pulled back from it. Sunland Park is comprised mostly of low-rise family homes, larger commercial centers, paved streets and larger gardens and courtyards. As opposed to the chaos of the Anapra neighborhood, Sunland Park offers a copy-paste style, and planned environment.
The thesis project, which crosses the actual border, does by that exact action, physically connect the two different environments. The thesis investigates the transition of, and the differences in what the unaccompanied minors come from as opposed to what they most likely are going to. In addition, the placement has the intention to function as a part of a series of constructions, that hopefullly, eventually, will dissolve or topple the wall itsself.