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Sarah Makonnen

Sarah Makonnen

Washington, DC, US

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Thesis 2012-Archived for CIDA

After researching case studies during Summer 2011 and writing a 150+ page Thesis Book, I chose to design an Aquatic Exhibit based on education and experience on water pollution. I selected a 40,000 sq. ft. pier known as Pier 9 located under the Benjamin Franklin Bridge in the heart of Philadelphia, PA. 

This long and narrow, yet, spacious pier tested my patience and design knowledge with the obstacles I was faced during the initial stages of the conceptual design. However, 'Experience through Architecture' as my concept, I came out with a successful design that covered human interaction and factor diagrams, ADA accessibility, and conceptual sketches. In addition, I initially integrated the main pieces of architectural installations that emotionally and physically connected the visitors to the water on the Delaware River and other polluted water bodies around the world. Through my exhibit design, I wanted to create an environment that was occasionally forced through graphics and architectural elements that made its visitors feel accountable for their actions that cause the demise of thousands of sea creatures due to ocean waste known as the top 5 Garbage Gyres. 

 
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Status: School Project
Location: Philadelphia, PA, US

 
Inspiration board conveying ocean pollution and its effects
Inspiration board conveying ocean pollution and its effects
Progress (Conceptual models and sketches)
Progress (Conceptual models and sketches)
Floor plan (+3DS Max Images)
Floor plan (+3DS Max Images)
Mezzanine Plan and RCP
Mezzanine Plan and RCP
Main Entrance and Pier Perspection
Main Entrance and Pier Perspection
Analysis and Code Diagrams
Analysis and Code Diagrams
Final wood + white acrylic model
Final wood + white acrylic model

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