This thesis consists of the study of reducing the overuse of technology in a modern household for a healthier lifestyle.

“The kitchen is the most important and expensive room in any household.” - Dan Harel.

It has many appliances and even though not always really appreciated, it does have technologically advanced gadgets. These gadgets were designed for convenient cooking and effective kitchen time usage.

One such appliance which has gained tremendous appreciation is the refrigerator. The refrigerator in general has undergone change over time and has evolved. Initially, satisfying the basic need of food storage and preservation to now satiating psychological and societal status, it has come a long way.

Terra – The Earthen Refrigerator was designed as a modern take on the traditional evaporative cooling technique. It is a refrigerator that does not require electricity, is sustainable and environment friendly. It encourages the user to eat freshly cooked meals by storing less in quantity which leads to less wastage of food products. It also promotes frequent restocking which enables the user to buy local which promotes local businesses.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Refrigerators--Design and construction; Cold storage--Energy conservation; Evaporative cooling

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Industrial Design (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Design (CAD)


Dan Harel

Advisor/Committee Member

Stan Rickel

Advisor/Committee Member

Mindy Magyar


RIT – Main Campus

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