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.

The eight prototypes, each of which cost $300,000 to $500,000 to build, were demolished in 2019.


This is an ongoing project by JM Design Studio, a collective of three artists 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. In 2018, Phase Two of our project centered around our own open Request for Designs for the border.

We are committed to remaining in dogged resistance against the current administration's anti-immigrant rhetoric and xenophobic stance. 


Explore resources about the history, geography, and culture of the border region to spark your ideas and imagination for a better future for this region.