Author : Brad Silling

University : University of Southern California

Status : BArch, 2015

Advisor : Laurel Broughton

Title : Rain Factory | The story so far

In 2006 the King of Thailand filed for a patent for his system of weather modification. The application included diagrams that were peculiar to say the least. Where did this weather modification happen I wondered, and in what building? Prompting my ongoing obsession with a sea-bound, dystopian, eco-factory town of the not-too-distant future. It is floating production line off of which comes not cell phones or tires but rain as overseen by a secretive and eccentric king. The pages you see here can be thought of as artifacts of a larger narrative that explores the architecture of this strange place.

Architectural fiction is a space free of gravity, where the designer is able to flex the imagination muscle. It’s a lawless place for the testing of improbable and dangerous ideas that otherwise have no place in the discipline. This project seeks to explore the value of fiction as a design tool, and the potential for architectural representation as a means of storytelling.


S//A : What’s the most important aspect of this project that we should be aware of?
Brad Silling_ For me, this project was about using my design skills to illustrate a work of fiction. It’s more about the story and mood of the place. I’m always interested in architecture that can communicate an idea about how it feels.

S//A : What other fields outside of architecture interest you?
BS_ Game Design, Animation, Graphic Design, Astronomy.

S//A : Most important thing you learned in architecture school?
BS_ The ability to balance scales. A good architect can focus on the tiniest of details while maintaining an overall concept, and be committed to developing a project at every level in between.

S//A : Describe your dream project
BS_ I want to design a summer camp for kids!