Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Happy holidays to everybody and best wishes with your studies. Some great ideas and lots of good work. Thanks. More to do in 2007. Stay posting and posted.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Hi everyone,
It has been brought to my attention that I may not have made clear the fact that the mural would act as a map at the entrance of the library. The areas of the library would be mapped out and given their corresponding brain area as a room title. Of course it will not be completely literal but representational. The plan view of the library inset in the brain will give enough visual clues for the users of the library to understand the basic message. Not all students will understand the more complex clues. I think that those little complexities that aren't boldly apparent are what add character and excitement to the work. So it's okay if not everyone understands the concept in it's entirety. Visually I know we are going to make a powerful impact just from ideas thrown around on this BLOG. We could even blow up areas of the mural and place them in the different areas of the library. A friend of mine had mentioned having the mural mounted and bolt it in panels to the wall. I will sketch it out. Sometimes things are hard to picture. This would create the modern, advanced technology feel that we are going for.

By the way, I think using a visual clue like the arrow in this picture would be a cute idea. (Yes like the maps at the mall, "you are here.")

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Green Wall

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Friday, December 08, 2006

So this is what I had in mind for our visual concept and mural. If the library is our brain what does the interior design look like. Well much by coincidence Trafalger library looks a lot like this view of the brain. Okay let me explain the layout (it may have to be altered a little for Davis but it can be done) We enter in the frontal lobe, (remember the diagram?) we then travel down the Corpus callosum (the ramp at Trafalger). To our right is the Temporal lobe (our little atrium), remember that it's name comes from the Latin for temple which I also felt was fitting. So the corpus callosum has connected us to the Parietal Lobe of the Cerebrum and the Occipital lobe. These two areas are not directly linked to functions in the library but there certainly is information in books housed in that area of the library. If that seems a little weak than consider the fact that in between the two areas is what is referred to as the association Cortex. This area is believed to be the area where thought process takes place and also where most of our memories are stored (and where we store all of our books). The Cerebellum could represent the front desk. Cerebellum is from the Latin word meaning little brain. I think that is the perfect representation for our wonderful, knowlegable library staff and front desk. Last but certainly not least, we have the offices of the library in the Pons.The Pons relays sensory info from the Cerebellum and Cerebrum. I hope you all find the endless possibilities of my concept as exciting as I do. Please give me feedback and any ideas to incorporate into the design (especially Davis).
(please keep in mind these are only sketches, colour and detail will be added along with any changes.)

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

(will post more soon)

Hi there Everyone,
This is in response to Camille's post. Yes I was thinking along those lines as well. The rain water idea is great! I think I can speak for many of us when I say sustainable design is extremely important. I am sure we wouldn't be the first school to entertain these ideas but we could certainly put ourselves on the map if we can remain as environmentally conscious as possible. Plants inside the brain are representational of the fact that the brain and plants are synonymous as organisms. Incorporating this "Green Design" along side sustainable design is a good concept. I could elaborate on all the ways in which our library is synonymous with the two but I'm sure you get my point. I will follow this post with a pic I used for inspiration and the rough sketch that I came up with. The sketch is of our brain. Our brain then has the layout of the library inset at all the major sections of our brain. I will post the pic and underneath you will find the explanation of how and why this concept works so well.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Hi everyone, I love the ideas so far about organization as per the human brain. It sounds exciting - and I think a library that looks attractive and exciting is where everyone will want to be. My comment is about the "jungle" at Trafalger library. The plants are great, and the natural light is a big draw for students. That part of the library is always the first to fill up, but we do have leakage problems every time it rains. I think that the "living organism" idea could be represented by the plants as well as the brain. Does anyone see a way we could turn the disadvantage of the leaky roof into a plus? Maybe a rainwater plant watering system? Davis might benefit from having something similar. Check out the living walls at this link:

The air quality is excellent in Guelph-Humber. Although the humidity is a little higher, and it would have to be far away from the books.