S M A Stephen Moser Architects

Unbuild The Wall —

Unbuild The Wall
An Open Ideas Competition
Nogales, Mexico & USA

In response to this open competition for rethinking the US/Mexico border crossing at the city of Nogales, SMA proposed replacing the wall with a mile-long undulating verdant park, anchored at each end by a mega structure. A large micro-climate dome straddles the border crossing in the center of town; one mile away, outside of town, a large reservoir or water basin hovers alongside a vehicular crossing. Rainwater from the vessel flows through the park to the dome, feeding the planted canopy. The 2017 open ideas competition was sponsored by Archstorming.


Honorable Mention, Archstorming Competition, 2017

Project Size

20-acre site along the US/Mexico border

SMA Team

Stephen Moser, principal
Design team: Isabel Branas, Helene Lee, Evan Cerilli
Guido Garfunkel, 3d visualization