A series of images featuring the city of Savannah, GA. And its rich historic presence & architecture. The photos tell stories of the Savannah of late. The images reflect conceptual stills of the re-imagining of a library, one that acts as a beacon of change for the city of Savannah. While exploring the extent technology has changed our lifestyle over the last few decades, one tends to question how humankind and our architectural building programs will merge with technology, when and where this will occur. This article serves as an open thesis (My Graduate School Masters of Architecture Thesis Concept whose topic I could not stop thinking about, and birth this open forum): for dialogue, new information, and exploration about:
Another Brick In The Wall, RE-Imagining The Library Of The Future
1. The Technological age we are in: is a society indicative of the inability to disconnect from the technology that aids our life, which puts into perspective the need to: Disconnect, RE-set, then RE-connect.
2. The Merge of said Technology with an Architectural Experience: The Library of yesterday will be remembered for the foundation it laid for us to create a space where technology birthed a new way to experience space.
“The Library Of The Future Will Re-imagine The Way We Intake Information, It Will Bypass The Digital Age And Become One With Consciousness.”
3. The Architectural Programs that would thrive most with a technological bifurcation.
The Library as an institution is flexible, meaning spaces, programs, users, uses, and archiving qualities match up well with a historic city like Savannah and revitalize the history of the Savannah cultural and economic renaissance...
4. An Ideal Site for these Programs: A communal zone in the city where social boundaries seem to blur and the public can congregate and live as a homogeneous society. Public parks and green spaces can hold these programs while being virtually undisturbed.
5. Architectural Strategies of this new typology of building: The Architectural Strategies Of The Library Of The Future include the use of simple formal moves and orthogonal volumes made of brick and glass, blanketed with the landscape of its context. The scale and style respond directly to the context as well by creating mimicking a similar style of its surroundings but also adds a new flair to denote the importance and prominence the program holds.
6. New Typology & its relationship to its context: This New chamber of knowledge would incorporate new architectural features, spaces, and would bridge the gap between the transfer of information from person to person. While still incorporating techniques that still hold true from the past, we can take on new design explorations as new means of understanding emerge.
“A Library that would act more like a community center bridging the socio-economic gap between the North & South end of Forsyth Park; the community can learn, thrive, and create here. With outlets and amenities from something as common as free internet access to after-school programs for K-12 students geared towards a STEM & Creative Arts education program. While adults could take the new-age training course, allowing them to start a small business or explore the tech of the future, from AI or coding via an Augmented Reality Auditorium; to fabrication and robotics laboratories flanking the perimeter of the park, the community can become the nations next tech capital.”
- Chris Crocitto | Architectural Thesis Presentation