The Trump Wall Charrette


Last month we launched our new experimental competition series, “Charrettes” and kicked things off with the controversial Good Walls Make Good Neighbors, Mr. Trump Charrette. We asked participants to design a wall separating Donald Trump from the rest of the United States using one of a set of provided images of Trump properties. The responses were overwhelming, some quite disturbing, yet all appropriately irreverent and humorous all the same!
Congratulations to the winners and everyone who participated!
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Charrettes on FastCoDesign – Designers Give Trump The (Metaphorical) Wall He Deserves
Charrettes on BustlerGood Walls Winners Announced!
Charrettes on The Architect’s Newspaper – Good Walls Winners Announced!
Charrette Introduction
Architecture competitions are important because they allow architects of all levels to communicate and solve problems together. However, architecture competitions ask too much, give too little and promote formats that do not acknowledge the brevity, speed and riffability required for mass exposure/communication today.
The goal of Charrettes is simple: redirect our creative energy towards saying a lot with a little and being compensated for our ideas. The work done here should not only showcase your talents, but should inspire. We want to ask questions more than produce answers. We want to create imagery that we can easily repost on social media outlets to disseminate ideas outside of the architecture community.
The Premise
Donald Trump’s proposal for a wall separating Mexico from the United States is a purportedly simple solution to a dubiously framed problem. The genius here is the exploitation of a universally recognized symbol of division and public exhaustion from complicated global politicking. The straightforward idea of building a wall – though preposterous – provides a sense of power in a time when many of us feel powerless.
Along these lines, I propose a similar solution to an arguably much more threatening actor: a wall separating Donald Trump from the United States.
The Proposal
Use one of the provided images below of a Trump property and redefine the architectural content or insert architecture of your own to separate it from the rest of the country.
+ All entries will be posted on the Reality Cues website
+ All entries will receive a Mini Lego Trump Wall (+ Reality Cues swag)
+ Prize for the best overall image will receive a Mega Lego Trump Wall (+ Reality Cues swag)
Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan – Deputy Editor,  Fast Company Design
Emily Gaynor Porto – CCO, Reality Cues
Luis Galán – ZuloMex
Jordan Hruska – Arch Writer
Pei-Ru Keh – New York Editor, Wallpaper*
Kelsey Keith – EIC, Curbed
Samuel Medina – Associate Editor, Metropolis
Minche Mena-Deferme – Founder, Shine Architecture
Luis Manuel Ochoa – Directivo, JAPI
Antonio Torres – Beast Master, The Bittertang Farm
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Reality Cues is about making architecture in digital, interactive, and social media, where ownership is communal and subject matter changes as quickly as users can click the ‘share’ button. Within this culture of reposting, reblogging, and retweeting is the opportunity to modify and subvert prevailing tendencies. Combine this with the ease with which anyone can alter images to create virtual worlds, and you are left with an increasingly fuzzy area between the so-called virtual and real. The Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, Mr. Trump Competition looks to accelerate this process to see just how fuzzy we can get.