Michael J. Farris


Is a senior architecture student at The Rhode Island School of Design, RISD, and recently studied abroad at the ETH Zurich,  during the Fall 2021 semester. Addionally, he is concenrtating in The Theory Hisoty of Art & Design.



As a future entrepreneur, Michael is fascinated by thresholds, third spaces, contested lands, and everything that lies in the "in-between". Living within these intersections allows him to increase the surface area of serendipity.


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Michael J. Farris


Is a senior architecture student
at The Rhode Island School of Design, currently studying abroad at the ETH Zurich, department of architecture for the Fall 2021 semester.

As a future entrepreneur, Michael is fascinated by thresholds, third spaces, contested lands, and everything that lies in the "in-between". Living within these intersections allows him to increase the surface area of serendipity- a tool that is all too often forgotten.

He is currently looking for a full-time paid internship from May 2022-August 2022. 

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Post-Pipe: Re-inventing The Trans-Alaskan Pipeline System

In the summer of 1968, nearly ten years after becoming the 49th US state, the landscape of Alaska drastically changed when oil was discovered in Prudhoe Bay. The Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) was later created. As a way to critique the regime of property and the colonization of Alaska, we explored various local mythologies.

We considering the pipeline as a street that connects nodes of extractive infrastructure, our intervention occupies it.  These modules are assembled along the pipeline, and inhabited by the indiginous Alaskans. Over time, other materials are disassembled from the neighboring oil rigs for structural support. A pipeline that once transported oil now facilitates exchange.

Critic: Emanuel Admassu