Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Diversity Grant Projects on Display

We are excited and honored to host "Marking Memory Through Principles of Form & Space," a selection of projects by second-year students in the Department of Interior Architecture.  These twelve projects are on display this week in the Main Reading Room on the second floor of the library.

The assignment, supported by a Diversity Development Grant, introduced the students to some of the key events of the Civil Rights Movement, which included visiting the sites of the events as well as hearing from people who participated.  They then designed a twelve-foot-by-twelve-foot space imagined to occupy a location in the Selma Times-Journal building overlooking the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge spanning the Alabama River.  The space was meant as an opportunity for reflection and introspection, where people would connect with the moral and spiritual foundations of the struggle.

The scale models, drawings and diagrams here show the students’ designs for this reflective space, accompanied by a short written description for each.  Visitors are invited to explore this display and to share their responses via this short anonymous survey.

We would like to thank Associate Professor Preston E. Hite, AIA, NCIDQ, for bringing this opportunity to us.  We would also like to thank the students themselves for allowing us to display their work in the library.

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