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Students featured for library design proposals

September 05, 2017

Photo: Provided by Kentaro Tsubaki

By Mary Cross, originally published in New Wave. View the full article here.

Libraries have evolved as public spaces for learning and community engagement. Last spring, 46 undergraduate and graduate architecture students examined how patrons utilize the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library in order to improve upon the building’s design through a course called Architecture Design Studio: Poetics of Material Assembly.

David Banush, dean of libraries and academic information resources, initially proposed that the students in the course study the library's space.

“There’s a duality there, as the library, a place of learning, became the subject of learning,” said Kentaro Tsubaki, associate dean for academics and Favrot Associate Professor of Architecture.

Tsubaki coordinated the studio course in collaboration with instructors Seth Welty, Marcella Del Signore, Nick Jenish and Christian Ardeneux.

“When you think about design, the rational approach is to satisfy needs functionally,” Tsubaki said. “However, architecture has an emotional impact through proportion, scale, shape and form.”

Read the full story.