Michelle Stein
Designer
Charlottesville, Virginia, USA

Shannon Ruhl
Graduate Student
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia, USA 

Donna Ryu
Graduate Student
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia, USA

Rosa Cristina Corrales Rodriguez
Architectural Designer
Choluteca, Honduras

1st Prize (Tie)—Rejecting the current wall as “a fetishized object,” Inflatoborder is a system of flexible bubbles that perform a variety of functions meant to bring communities on either side of the existing wall together. Air pressure is adjusted according to need—creating a canopy, for instance, that shelters roadside markets where it runs through agricultural lands, or creating “play area” enclosures for families and children in densely populated urban centers straddling the border.