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Sean Kelley

Sean Kelley

Berkeley, CA, US

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Thesis Board

As part of the ongoing tradition for students entering their final year of architectural studies at RISD, the thesis board provides the first opportunity to manifest design concepts into built form. The thesis board "kick starts" the making, thinking, and discussion of the year-long endeavor.

Motivated by the historic Texas drought of 2011, my thesis proposed an investigation of water infrastructure in arid climates. Collectively, our national approach towards infrastructure has been heavy handed, with large, top-down approaches defining utilities such as water, electricity, and waste. These large scale projects are often expensive, inefficient, and unpopular. For this reason, I looked at reversing scales to achieve new results.

The idea materialized into an architectural prototype: a green wall. The construction method utilizes simple joints that slot together and require no fasteners. Reclaimed wine bottles feed the plant media by way of perforations throughout the structure. 

 
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Status: School Project
Location: Providence, RI, US

 
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