A cross-disciplinary team of architects, builders, designers, engineers and urban planners from Mexico and the United States has submitted a proposal to replace President Donald Trump’s controversial border wall with a $1 trillion hyperloop transportation network. The group, who go by MADE Collective, propose turning the border into an Otra Nation – a shared nation with an independent local government and nonvoting representatives in the US and Mexican legislatures. The Otra Nation’s hyperloop network would stretch about 1,250 miles (2,000 kilometers), from San Diego/Tijuana, across the southwestern region to the Texas/Mexico border, and would arguably be “the fastest and most sustainable transportation corridor in the world.”
But the territory would not just be a transportation network; in fact, the group is proposing the effective eradication of the border, with an ID system that would allow free movement between the two countries.
The design includes 55,923 square miles (90,000 square kilometers) of solar panels, which would allow the territory to create its own energy. Solar farms would be fixed along the deserts of the Otra Nation, producing 7,942,811 GWh of clean energy, enough to provide for Mexico and the United States combined. The group aims to make the area an extraction-free zone, with zero oil and mining, and 100% electric transportation.
MADE Collective aims to achieve social justice and environmental impact. According to Otra Nation’s website, physical boundaries have existed for less than one-third of the time within the lifespan of the U.S.-Mexico frontier. “Nowadays, it works as a dualistic boundary that hosts an important gateway to economic opportunity but also creates an equally important amount of social inequality and environmental degradation for both countries,” they note.
In Otra Nation, social infrastructure would be integrated for healthcare – in terms of nutrition advising, family planning and rehabilitation clinics. Also, community, sports and leisure centers would be formed as ways to appoint and generate a healthy social fabric by engaging the inhabitants with their social environment.
US President Donald Trump’s highly divisive proposal for a border wall was part of his campaign promise in 2015. Earlier this month, US Customs and Border Protection accepted hundreds of design bids for the border wall, and it is expected that the federal government will announce the winning bid by 1 June of this year.
Many cities are in the process of creating hyperloops. According to announced plans, Bratislava, Slovakia’s capital, is scheduled to be the first city to have a hyperloop by 2020. In January, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) signed an exploratory agreement with the Czech city of Brno, which wants to examine the feasibility of the line to Bratislava.
A hyperloop in Dubai is scheduled to be completed one year after Bratislava’s. The Emirati hyperloop, engineered by Hyperloop One, HTT’s rival, is planned to connect commuters traveling between Abu Dhabi and Dubai in 12 minutes.
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