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ACADEMIC
PARTICIP-ATRIUM: A LIBRARY
A Proposal for the Mexicantown Carnegie Library
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GRADUATE STUDIO
Fall 2021
"Institutions"


Tutor: Kathy Velikov
The ParticipAtrium is a social infrastructure device to enhance access and create transparency, opportunity and celebrate the cultural fabric of Mexicantown. For a community that represents vivid imagery and expression, their local library neededs to exude the same essence through its extension, unapologetically.

Broken down into layers, the experience is built through codes and values under “experience” , “opportunities” and “celebration”, all in dire need within the community.
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Developed primarily with spatial
codes, each space cateres to
different stakeholders within
the community. (in the forms
of Experience, Opportunity and
Celebration)

All to make sure that “everyone is
invited” and no one is left out,
which is often the case in immigrant
communities like Mexicantown.
The spaces catered for all are all
designed in modes and layers of
speeds of sweeping ramps (as
shown in the drawing below) . Each
space has its own codes of conduct
based on the material detailing, soft
spaces for learning - to hard spaces
for performances and gathering.
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