Tilt-Down Fence: Making Space for Immigrants

By Graham Rice | Oct 18, 2016
Stuart Cahill Tilt Down

Photo Credit: Stuart Cahill

The Tilt -Down Fence is an interactive public work that  speaks to the challenges of immigrants. Our own Professor of Architecture Hansy Better Barraza, worked in concert with BR-A-CE,  Viet-AID, and a collection of students and volunteers, to complete the project last month.

Horner Tilt Down

The Tilt-Down Fence in “Up” position.
Photo Credit: John Horner

SAMPAN Tilt Down

Fence in “Down” position during a community gathering.
Photo Credit : SAMPAN

Michelle Dunbar and Isabelle Camarra of RISD’s Textiles Department, along with other volunteers, helped construct the fence from bamboo and  fabrics. Woven together these materials create a ladder structure and soft fabric surfaces for tables and benches. “This site has brought color to a Dorchester corner as well as created a space for the community to enjoy.” says Adelaide MacKintosh an M.Arch Student at RISD. She explained that  the weaving of the structure within the textile design embodies the convergence of cultures and will continue to inform her future work.


Spring 2017 Events

  • February 23, 6:30 PM Brett Schneider, Guy Nordenson and Associates & RISD Architecture
  • March 2, 6:30 PM at RISD Auditorium Petra Blaisse, Inside Outside, Hosted with INTAR, Textiles, RISD Museum
  • February 27, 6:30 PM Jeanette Kuo, Karamuk*Kuo
  • March 13, 6:30 PM Allan Wexler, Allan Wexler Studio, Hosted with ID
  • March 16, 6:30 PM Jarrett Walker, Jarrett Walker + Associates
  • April 3, 6:30 PM Kunle Adeyemi, NLÉ, Yoder Lecture
  • April 24, 6:30 PM Nader & Katie Faulkner, NADAAA, Shoemaker Lecture
  • May 11, 6:30 PM Shumi Bose, Central Saint Martins & Architectural Association

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