My final project is a library sited at the edge of downtown Los Angeles, and is an exploration of how the ideas we have been discussing in class could be expressed as architectural concepts. An excerpt from the project summary:
This project is at its heart a reaction to three essential questions about both the site and the inherent nature of the typology. First, what is the role of a library in the digital age? or, more specifically, how does a library stay relevant when its main inventory - the printed word - is marching towards obsolescence? Second, how can the public space requirement - the plaza - exert a strong presence on both sides of the site? As a primary means of urban connection across a site, it is crucial that the plaza engage and conduct people. Third, how can this project support and contribute to the development of the retail in the pedestrian alleyway? As the initial step in revitalization of the area, it is crucial that this new library development follow in those footsteps.
Link to PDF of the portfolio entry for the project with pictures, sketches, diagrams, and renderings. I think it provides a nice look at the process an architecture student goes through for a project, from start to finish.