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WPA 2.0: Border See-Saws and a Thousand SF Street Parks

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Who knew a contentious U.S./Mexico border wall could be so fun! The above proposal is part of a series of "infrastructural" interventions that would "investigate unplumbed potentials" for the border wall between the States and Mexico, aiming to mitigate some of the crappiness the fence will create for animal habitats and water systems. There's also the occasional quirky part commenting on cross-border relations, obviously. U.S. up, Mexico down, Mexico down, U.S. up, and it's all in good fun. See what they did there? Rael San Fratello Architects, of Oakland, are responsible for the project, which is a finalist in WPA 2.0, a design competition for working public architecture. A second Bay Area team has made the cut with a proposal to turn abandoned San Francisco streets into public parks. We hear people like parks!

Team Nicholas de Monchaux & Associates, made up of a bunch of bright-eyed Berkeley students and their be-helmeted professor, uses computer models and stats to decide how to place parkland across 1600 microsites in San Francisco. The sites? "'unaccepted streets' (those no longer maintained by the city and hence neglected and often impassable)." And the stats: things like microclimate, elevation, demographics, hydrology. Hey, they might just have something there.
· Imagined Infrastructure [A/N Blog, via Curbed Inbox]