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Call for architects to walk out in protest at Trump wall plan

An American architectural group is calling for a day of action in protest against President Donald Trump’s plans for a wall along the Mexican border tomorrow (Friday).

The Architecture Lobby, based in Brooklyn, New York, wants architects and engineers to protest by leaving their desks for 45 minutes.

The planned protest will coincide with the submission deadline for proposals for the design of the border wall.

The group said: “While there are innumerable reasons to stand against the immigration policies of the current administration and this project specifically, this call is motivated by the belief that the fields of architecture and engineering are fundamentally rooted in a goal to improve our societies by producing structures that render them more just, more equitable, and more beautiful.

“The southwestern border wall stands in clear and direct opposition to this goal.”

The aim is for participants across the US to walk out simultaneously and they are being encouraged to share photos of their empty desks on social media, using #notourwall.

“By participating in this day of action,” said The Architecture Lobby, “architects and engineers will make clear not only to the current and future administrations, but also to themselves and each other, that their agency will not be exploited in the service of xenophobia, discrimination and racism.”