Arch Design and the City - Library in the City 

Junior Studio | ARCH 374
Associate Professor Kevin Hinders


The final studio project is the design of a 34,000 sf. library located in Chicago. This project will iterate many relationships between architecture and the city while asking students to respond meaningfully through built form. Final outcomes focus on translating ideas into a building and reinforcing them through the use of structure, material, and systems.

Knowledge and information are main factors that help determine an individual's quality of life. The role of a library, which laid stress on 'possession' in the past, is now functioning in a more digital, open access manor. As society becomes more multicultural, individual leisure time increases, and desire for self-improvement and life-long education is grows, so does the notion of a Library. Libraries are expanding as a community spaces in order to cultivate society and form local bonds. If we take a closer look at the change in the library's knowledge transmission system, the library is changing into an intelligent library through increase of media and information. Cooperative library networks are increasing, while the knowledge gap between people is rising due to unequal access. Based on such definitive/environmental factors of change, public libraries must share and expand their digital based information services, strengthen accessibility, and better manage existing collections.