If These Walls Could Talk
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Walls, as fundamental architectural elements, have long been archetypes of separation. They divide our homes, our cities and nations. They are pervasive, just as physical as they are metaphorical, and seemingly entrenched in our coexistence. Today, with most of Earth’s population in cities and closer together than ever, separation, exclusion, and marginalization are some of our most pressing social and architectural issues. Addressing this, our project reimagines the wall as a concept that brings us together. This vision demands a radical methodological shift in practice: to build by deconstruction. By this, deconstruction is not the destruction of the walls that perforate our social fabrics, but an excavation of the processes that lead to their divisiveness. It posits a future of architecture where debate, collaboration and inclusion are integral to how we design, and where changes in process, people and perspective can reveal collective senses of fairness, community, and belonging.
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