Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2024

Wall and Window
Kelly Peng

In a world increasingly divided by physical and metaphorical walls, my project, Walls and Windows, was inspired by a discussion on legal and illegal immigration during a Design Studies class. This discussion propelled me to visit the US-Mexico border wall segment between Tijuana and San Diego, hoping to co-collaborate on public art with Mexicans on the other side of the wall. However, upon arrival, I was met with an environment far from conducive to such endeavors—helicopters overhead, border control personnel trailing behind, and insurmountable man-made barriers that made even touching the border wall itself a challenge. This experience led me to ponder the true meaning of "wall" and question who defines these borders that segregate "us" from "them."

Walls and Windows begins with my personal journey starting from observations of the US-Mexico border and expanding to explore how the concept of how "walls" segregate people. The book delves into the history of physical man-made barriers, using examples like the Great Wall of China and the Berlin Wall, and also discusses the invisible walls we build around ourselves—those internal barriers that isolate us from others. Conversely, the "windows" section highlights the efforts people make to break down these walls, utilizing art, communication, and exchange as tools to connect and understand each other, with necessary grammatical adjustments made.

Through Walls and Windows, I invite readers to reflect on the walls they encounter or erect in their own lives and to consider the windows through which they can reach out to the world, fostering connection.

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Erin May Cochanco

Janet Delavan

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Julia Du

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Millie Faber

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Noah Farjani

Hina Fernstrom

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Amanda Guo

Charlotte Hailstone

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Mary Hatcher

Elliana Hau

William Hsu

Olivia Hu

Grace Huang

Jung Hwangbo

Krishika Jain

Yoo-Jin Jang

Janice Ji

Wenjie Ji

Eneya Joshua

Yung Ching (Aurora) Juang

Maya Kalinowski

Jasmine Kan

Nabeeha Khalid

Palakh Khetrapal

Jessie Kil

Hope Kim

Hye Yoon Kim

Jenny JaeMin Kim

Lindsay Kim

Aarya Kini

Claudia Kok

Vidhi Kontham

Themis Kung

Hoi Man Kwok

Katherine Lam

Camille Le Bars

Haylee Lee

Minjae Lee

Stacey Lee

Chenxiao Li

Vivian Liu

Sarah Ma

Rosie Mai

Kamryn McKenna

Haley Moore

Graeme Mounsey

Syrus Mow

Viviann Nguyen

Chloé Nini

Smitee Oberoi

Talita Ozkok

Surya Pande

Shruti Pathak

Kelly Peng

Aayushi Pitta

Zoey Poole

Kiara Putrilia

Anjali Raju

Rand Rivera

Virajini Sanghai

Sofia Santana Arrezola

Noor Selim

Anna Sham

Lakeisha Esthetique Sharonina

Carly Shelton

Mengqi Shen

Vanessa Shimon

Alex Vinicius Silva

Arjun Sivaprakasam Thamilarasan

Hajin Son

Yi Song

Alexander Soukakos

Aarya Srikumar

Hannah Suh

Yuka Tamura

Cynthia Huiwen Tan

Sidhya Tikku

Raquel Trevino

Sophie Tsang

Gianna Waldron

Haotian Wang

Yi Wang

Yichen Wang

Yingjie Wang

Victoria Winter

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Sora Wong

Shiyao Wu

Tong Wu

Qian Xiang

Faith Xue

Tong Yu

Helen Zhang

Jinyi Zhang

Yixiao Zhao

Yufan Zhao

Haiyu Zhou

Yining Zhou

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