For the Fall 2010 semester Alan Knox taught Design III to second year students within the UT School of Architecture. The projects consisted of a one week drawing exercise, a two week transit shelter, and a one month library project.
Students were encouraged to re-invision the transit shelter and engage the sidewalk as a public realm by incorporating program beyond the traditional infrastructures which have been in place for the past century.
The main project for the semester asked students to develop an understanding and attitude about a small building with a civic identity located in a changing community. The program was for a branch library located next to downtown in East Austin. In addition to designing a building which serves the traditionally defined roles of a library, students were required to integrate an atypical program in their designs in order to expand the interface of the library with its users in both a physical and digital sense.
Each student contributed toward the construction of the shared diagrammatic context model, made out of plexiglass, and the 1/16"=1'-0" site model, made out of foam and salvaged walnut. The models were fabricated utilizing the schools laser cutter and CNC mill respectively.