Above, a rendering of a proposed border bridge museum by Mexican architect Fernando Romero. The museum, designed by Romero's firm LAR in 2000, would link El Paso and Ciudad Juarez over the Rio Bravo. Take a good look at the structure and the scale of imaginary humans besides it ... and imagine.
With the U.S.-Mexico border looking more and more these days like a locus of hate and division rather anything else, Romero's museum vision feels like it landed from another planet. There's a discussion of it here in Metropolis magazine.
Romero's new Soumaya museum design, however, will see the light of day soon in Mexico City. The new Soumaya will house the art holdings of Carlos Slim, world's richest man, and, Business Week notes, the architect's father-in-law.
* LAR had an exhibition last year at the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh.