Arch Design and the City 

Junior Studio | ARCH 374
Associate Professor Therese Tierney

Course Overview

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 forum. As society becomes more multicultural and the desire for self-improvement and life-long education continues to grow, so does the notion of a Library. Libraries are evolving into 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 has transformed into an intelligent library through an increase of media and information. Cooperative library networks are increasing, while at the same time, 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.

Exploring issues such as density, diversity, and urbanity along with pattern and aggregation can be organized at the scale of the city, however students must develop a position on global topics and articulate them at the scale of site, building, and interior spatial experiences.