Monday, February 27, 2012

Jackson Library...working out!

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Steps from here...

From the feedback I received on Friday...

-Sensor the water
-Convey calm (white sound)
-Comfort can be received
-Words (inspirational words)
-Create a categorized story
-Ceiling or floor can be manipulated.
-Unify all through single gesture.
-Falling Water-Frank Lloyd Wright

...I have decided to proceed forward in this way...

-Combine the Inspiration and Water walls into one singular piece of inspiration with water.
-Let the students choose words of inspiration to place within the outer face of the water wall.
-Make it fluid throughout the space, picking up and leaving off where walls begin and end.
-Materials in Library should coincide with concept, going from THICK to smooth.
-Keep and further concept..."Water is pulled to the ground by gravity, much life knowledge is pulled into ourselves.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Feedback loop: critical discourses

I was assigned my fellow classmate, Brian Peck, to review his work thus far on the library project. Brian is in the Jackson Library group, and started out in the early stages of the project researching the furnishings within that space. He took photographs of each piece and articulated them and their purpose, or lack there of (which occurred more often than not). From his delineation, he then stripped the space and studied its structural components. Once he was familiar, he then added to the space what he though was necessary and affected it in a positive way. Now that I have provided the basic background information, I am to critique his design and technique and make suggestions as to his next steps for the Jackson space. I am glad I was assigned Brian's project to critique, due to the fact that I liked it so much. His process was the best part of the entire project as far as I am concerned. Taking the before, during and after pictures not only helped the designers in the room better understand the space, but also showed the librarians how much potential the space they occupy daily has. The only downside I found to this technique was that I felt as if so much time was spent on that portion, the design was put on the back burner. Brian's proposal was far from ordinary, I am just hoping that in the next stages of the project, it has more emphasis on what items and objects occupy the space, and help attract more people to the Jackson Library.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

90 sec. Elevator Speech

From working with Phillip today, and further studying the essay, Library as place, I learned many things...

Reflects emphasis and trends in libraries, especially the transformative social and technological changes that have demanded increasingly innovative thinking about what a library and a librarian should be.

We must think broadly and creatively about our options.

The librarians are now challenged to think about customer service.

The images people have in their minds about space can have much or little to do with reality, for they are partial and may be either exaggerated or understood.

By finding ways to shrink space and speed up commerce, we have arrived at a point where space and time are transformed. Modern communication technologies allow us to now do anything instantly from anywhere.

We have barely begun to develop sophisticated framework for the future of the library as a physical space.

The digital world is replacing libraries, as they must now work to remain relevant and find reason for their now overall existence.

Representation of space is conceived spaces and involves complex symbolism.

We live in an age of human migration. Adaptive and flexible identity to negotiate the complexity of modern spaces has thus given rise to many important themes in theories of space.

The librarian becomes a cultural worker, aware of cultural and personal borders, aware of the nature of people as constantly between stages of development and struggling to- ward fulfillment.

Space can encourage reciprocity, break-up the ossification of culture, and encourage exchange and creative instability.

However, it is crucial that in our competition with commercial entities we keep our focus on being libraries and librarians, and it is especially crucial that we not give up on the search for understanding what those concepts mean. A library is a fundamentally different place than a bookstore or the cloud, and one profound difference is the presence of librarians. If we allow our space to become abstract, then we will lose that difference.

...I know that these ideas can all be applied to my project with Jackson, as well as Phillips project with the Music Library.

...I also learned that


seconds is


a long time.