2018 THE VIRGINIA ARCHITECTURE MAGAZINE

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SARC-X URBAN FUTURES LABORATORY AND LIBRARY IN NYC

McKenzie Rist | ARCH 3020 | Spring 2016

“A hallmark of a healthy creative culture is that its people feel free to share ideas, opinions, and criticisms. Lack of candor, if unchecked, ultimately leads to dysfunctional environments.”

– Ed Catmull, Creativity Inc.

 

The SARC-X Urban Futures Laboratory and Library in NYC is a public building for experimental research, design, exhibition, and archiving of visions for urban futures. The building focuses on creating a space for learning through interaction. The key elements that emphasize and allow for this idea are the large void which takes up an entire bay, and a long, separated staircase which encourages members and visitors to walk through each space on the way to their destination in the building. These systems can be seen by the New York Public through the façade, where the void and staircases are open to view on the façade.


I believe the future of design education belongs in creative environments where ideas are open to classmates, professors, and the public’s opinion. Not only should the work be visible, but a sense of meandering and adventure should be encouraged in a design space. From this condition comes conversation. Furthermore, while the final product is important for the design process, it is much more interesting and exciting when one has seen what it has been through to get there.