suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
alan LU: This project deals with a new hybridity of institutional and consumer space in which the library is preserved as the last remaining guardian of print and the physical book. To accomplish this, we must reconstitute the typical programmatic makeup of the library into a scheme that folds in privatized culture and the very activities that were once thought to threaten the idea of free public space itself. It is only in this way where we exploit private programs for its inherent abilities to attract and keep the public can the institution of the library continue to exist and even prosper.
If we accept that institutional and private spaces are both viable typologies in current culture and can exist as a single entity, instead of simply combining them into a homogenous environment, we can purposely keep them separate throughout the building to heighten the special and unique characteristics inherent in both a free space and one that is consumer driven. At points where the programs of both typologies are in fact equivalent such as the reading area / public resting area, these spaces are then allowed to seam together creating a singular space. In controlling the degrees of separation of institutional and private, we avoid a certain commercial entrapment and a mollifying situation where programs are unable to be read separately.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
aL: Meejin Yoon, Ana Miljacki
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
aL: Kanye West, Bei Maejor, KiD CuDi, Ryan Leslie
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
aL: Neil Denari, SHoP, Skylar Tibbits, BMW EfficientDynamics