jtchen's project

2017 National DiscoverDesign Competition: Library + Community Space Design


Little Italy, which the University Village is a larger neighborhood that living most middle class and middle - aged people. Also most of them are unmarried and do not have child. The University village has limited access to UIC campus libraries but no access to their own Public Library. There're a lot of people either having bachelor or associates degree that need library in their neighborhood. Technology become universal that make people decide to go to the library in their hand(Smart phone or compute). So the library would be open space and will provide interactive concept of literature that make little different from common library. But it would not be full technology machine or media center because it is mainly for middle aged people which most people live there not university students.

Collect Info

University Village - Little Italy Population De/Occupational employment/Number of Households/Education Statistics/Marital Status/income

Total Population 97,085 Male Population 49,773 Female Population 47,313 Percent Change Since 2000 25.5 % Percent Change Since 2010 0.2 % Median Age 30.38

White Collar 34,397 Blue Collar 16,288

Total Households 37,418 Family Households 19,747 Non-family Households 17,672 Households With Children 10,832 Households Without Children 26,586 Average People Per Household 2.32

No High School 12,030 Some High School 6,421 Some College 7,114 Associate Degree 2,772 Bachelors Degree 11,971 Graduate Degree 8,475

Never Married 31,762 Married 18,060 Separated 4,094 Widowed 1,214 Divorced 4,262

Median Income Under 25 $22,621 Median Income 25-44 $57,026 Median Income 45-64 $63,509 Median Income Over 65 $25,307 Average Household Income $83,333 Median Household Income $55,437 Percent Increase/Decrease in Income Since 2000 52% Percent Increase/Decrease in Income Since 2010 6% Average Household Net Worth $531,641 Median Home Sale Price $225,750 Sales Tax Rate 8% Average Household Total Expenditure $60,283

Brainstorm Ideas

The library will be open space and not a lot of room or interior wall.

Develop Solutions

Progress of the library.

Final Design

The library is 2 stories building. It located in University Village - Little Italy. The structure is mostly make of curtain wall. The inside of the library is almost all open space.


CAFedge 3 years ago
I like how you tried to soften the edges. That gave the space a nice feel -SS