CASE STUDY INVESTIGATION
In order to understand the ways that digital information can inform physical space, architectural spaces with innovative digital interfaces were analyzed. The digital interface and the physical context were drawn separately to explore the relationship between the digital interface and the physical context. While the simplest example of this type of case study is an urban screen, such as the many that occupy Times Square in New York City, the case studies included a variety of digital interfaces. The digital interface varied in material expression from screens and projectors to water, mobile devices, and wireless network connections. The investigation revealed the importance of the scale and orientation of the digital interfaces, showcasing opportunities to use digital information to enrich a physical space. As digital information continues to influence libraries to a greater extent, the Spokane Public Library utilizes digital interfaces in order to create connections between people, information, and the city.
SYNTHESIS & SITE INTEGRATION
EMERGING PUBLIC: THE PUBLIC LIBRARY'S ROLE IN COMMUNITY
Location: Spokane, WA
Typology: Public Library
Project Type: Masters Thesis
How can architecture create context and facilitate understanding of the information presented in public libraries through both physical and digital media to encourage community engagement? This thesis analyzes the architectural relationship between the public, information, and the city.
Historically, library buildings have acted as the interface through which the public accessed information. As the way we access information has changed, libraries have changed as well. The proliferation of easy and remote access to information can lead to the assumption that libraries, as portals to information, are obsolete. However, information that is less exclusive is also less edited, driving the amount of information up and driving the quality of any given piece of information down. Among the strategies to interpret this large amount of information, context is one of the most valuable. To provide context, this thesis focuses on public library architecture as a lens for understanding and viewing how different forms of connection impact the city.