Title page for ETD etd-06062012-121921

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Snook, Daniel Edwin
URN etd-06062012-121921
Title Exploring the Book Through Layers of Public Space
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Feuerstein, Marcia F. Committee Chair
Emmons, Paul F. Committee Member
Ritter, James William Committee Member
  • Book Wall
  • Private Space
  • Master Plan
  • Public Space
  • Library
Date of Defense 2012-04-27
Availability unrestricted
In today’s society, awash with digital media, the physical book should still

be treated as a valuable object. It is a symbol of knowledge and, in the

same way that the stones of historic buildings tell the story of their times,

the physical book carries the truths of the past to each new generation,

not only by the words it contains, but in how it is bound and set and

worn. The library rises around the book, offering shelves that may be

explored, allowing people to discover as they browse. The neighborhood

library serves as an anchor for the community; without physical books, the

library is gutted of its essential purpose, becoming merely a community

gathering place.

Members of the community must be given space to move through the

books as they progress from the public realm of the street into the semipublic

space of a library reading room, and perhaps beyond to their private

places of study. Each stage of their journey should be a clearly defined

‘place’ with its own purpose and potential. At the same time, the spatial

boundaries in this progression must be integrated in order to invite people

to move from one to another, to discover the books and the knowledge

contained within. My thesis project has explored and developed these

theoretical ideas into a library and housing project for Washington, DC’s

West End neighborhood.

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