What do you envision along the border between the U.S. and Mexico?


This border runs approximately 1989 miles, from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, traversing deserts, mountains, and urban areas. It is the most frequently crossed international border on the planet. 


Prototypes for new, highly-fortified border walls were constructed near San Diego in 2017. If implemented, these wall designs would not ease the humanitarian crisis surrounding the border, and would harm the unique ecosystems of the region.


This project is being launched as Phase Two by JM Design Studio, a collective of three women artists and designers based in Pittsburgh. In April 2017 we launched Phase One by submitting our original "anti-wall, non-wall" designs to bid on The Other Border Wall Prototypes through Customs and Border Protection Request for Qualifications. 

Phase Two is an open invitation for public engagement through the Request for Designs for the Other Border Wall; a partnership and exhibition at Flatland Gallery in Houston, TX; this website as a growing archive of voices and visions; and more. We are grateful to The Opportunity Fund for providing their support.


Explore resources about the history, geography, and culture of the border region to spark your ideas and imagination for the Request for Designs.