The students of Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, are raising funds to help cover the costs of our Desert Shelter Program. This program is not only the signature project of Taliesin, and has been since 1937, but with your help it will become the thesis project for all twenty-three Taliesin masters students.
By the completion of our three-year master’s degree, students design, develop, and build a shelter, set deep in the Sonoran Desert. As a means of learning the fundamentals of construction in a collaborative environment, first year students will aid in the construction of third year student’s designs. Third year students will spend their final year of school inhabiting and learning from their realized designs.
Students will embark on a thorough design process, ultimately submitting their designs to an architectural review board for construction approval. Shelters will stress building in harmony with the landscape, rustic materiality, and appropriate geometry.
With your help, beginning in January of 2016, the School can preserve this unique and defining project by re-launching our Desert Shelter program as a thesis opportunity for aspiring architects working with licensed architectural mentors!
The materials and tools we are fundraising for are needed to develop a Desert Shelter studio shop distinct from the professional studio shop that is used for preservation.
This is a list of equipment we will need for the Desert Shelter Program.
Risks and challenges
Students will work alongside faculty and licensed architects to augment any design flaws on built projects, ensuring the success and competition of the Shelters.
A complete list of project steps needed for completion are outlined in our Required Design Criteria.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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