Libraries are no longer being used as places to store and distribute books, nor do they serve as place for only studying. With changes in technology, libraries have been forced to change their ways of operating. Instead of closing their doors, they are adapting by becoming People-Centric instead of being Book-Centric. They become community resources for collaborating, creating, and making.
Design Challenge Brief
The challenge is to redesign your high school library and re-think how your school’s library should, or could, function as technology advances and our notion of study and working changes accordingly. What does a library look like that is designed around a person’s knowledge needs instead of only storing and cataloging books?
You may redesign the interior of the existing library space, expand on the existing space, or design a completely new addition on to your school building. Your design should contain all the spaces and functions required for a typical school library – a variety of seating options for students (inside and out!), as well as book and media storage, space for the librarian, computer areas, audio/visual labs, and meeting spaces. You may also want to include a cafe, information kiosk, or a workshop area. The redesigned library should include ideas for both old and new ideas for a library. You should also consider sustainability issues and the environmental impact of your design.
The library design problem posted on DiscoverDesign.org contains suggestions for the types of questions you might want to ask while solving this design problem. It also includes samples of the types of drawings, models, and images you might want to upload to the website.
DiscoverDesign.org isn’t just about showing your final finished design. It’s also about showing how you arrived at a solution (sort of like when your Geometry teacher asks you to “show your work.”). Don’t wait until the last minute to upload all your design ideas!
Submissions may be illustrated or rendered in any format – hand sketches, photographs, videos, animations, digital models (as DWF files), hand or digital illustrations. Physical models may also be built, photographed, and uploaded to your account on DiscoverDesign.org.
Uploading your design work
The judges want to see photos showing the problems in your existing library, sketches of your early ideas, a physical study model, and explanations of ideas you investigated but later rejected.
If you’re working on a digital model in Google SketchUp, AutoCAD, or Revit for example, you'll want to be sure to keep re-saving your digital model (with a new file name each time) as you work through the steps. Keep uploading new versions to your project account without deleting the old files.
Throughout the various stages of the design process, you can post photos, digital models, animations, architectural drawings, videos, and written text. DiscoverDesign.org is a creative ‘architectural town square’ where you can be inspired, pose questions, and get feedback about your work from your teachers, other students, or even an architect who might be mentoring you.
IMPORTANT: In order to be eligible for judging, you must upload content (text and/or images) in each of the five steps of the design process on DiscoverDesign.org, including: Overview, Collect Info, Brainstorm Ideas, Develop Solutions, and Final Design.
Once you begin your design project, we will suggest deadline dates for each stage of the design process in order to keep you on track to meet the final deadline on May 14, 2013. These internal deadlines are optional.