GIVE & TAKE
We ask a lot of the public library.
We ask it to keep its contents stocked and sorted; to be warm in winter and cool in summer; to be clean and quiet, welcoming and safe. We ask it to keep up with the times while respecting the past. We ask it to be a sanctuary that is ready to receive us at a moment's notice. It gives and gives, and we take and take.
It's a beautiful relationship.
In this studio, we channeled our inner Veruca Salts, we wanted to take more, more, more from our library! More books, more movies, more music, more art, more culture, more community, more thoughts, more ideas. We wanted to find out what more we can borrow and what more it can lend us. We wanted the whole world, and we wanted it now. And while we were at it, we wanted the local library to make itself a(t) home, to take up more space in the world, to stitch itself into its surrounding fabric. We wanted it to take as much as it gives.
With more democratization of knowledge in mind, students proposed a new downtown library for the city of Ann Arbor. With more access in mind, we checked out piazzas, third places, athaneums, automats, laundromats, figures, grounds, Borges, and Nolli maps. With more connection in mind, we looked backward in order to move forward.
We cut, we filled, we copied, we pasted.
All this...and more.
MATIAS DEL CAMPO
Dowdle, Ibrahim, Zhang Fahmy, Kamhawi, Pandey
Gort-Cabeza de Vaca
Sang Won Kang
Siyuan (Elaine) Cheng
Vance Smith Jr
I started my project with a precedent - the Eehumis. I learned that a library could continue the city’s public space. After creating schemes, I got my initial idea: create public spaces to enhance the interaction between building and community. Based on what I take, I would like to give “Interaction” to my project. Through rotating and connecting blocks to create extra spaces. Besides, library is a building that mark the change of time, so I also added arches to connect masses and strategy functions because arches symbolize traditional architecture. In general, I’m trying to design a library that has more interactive activities witth people, neighbors, and the city.