Well! I’m sorry to have come back and then immediately gone silent again, but I’ve been dealing with some house and health stuff that has grown increasingly complicated with every new disaster discovered. In brief, I’m going to have to replace my whole roof, and a major section of interior drywall and insulation due to water damage. It’s unclear right now how extensive the repair will have to be; we won’t know until we get into it and start taking things apart. It’s going to be excruciatingly expensive, so I’m trying not to think about it very hard right now.
The other thing is that the antidepressant I was on started making my ears ring? I’ve had tinnitus since I was 18, but when I was switched from the 150 mg of name brand to 300 mg of generic, my tinnitus went from 10% to 90%, completely unignorable and affecting my life to the point where it was the last thing I thought about before I went to bed and the first thing I thought about when I woke up. I took myself off it immediately once I realized what had changed since the ringing suddenly got so bad. Since then it’s slowly ramping down to where it was before, but it’s still at about 40%. Thankfully, my psychiatrist is pretty understanding, and is totally okay with me reintroducing myself to the 150 mg of name brand slowly once I know that this ringing is going away for good.
So! I think all of my major crises are on the downswing, but not quite dealt with yet. We’ll see how the next few weeks go. In the meantime, I do have a very sleepy puppy keeping me company (and grounded) throughout this whole procedure, which is helping tremendously. How is everyone else doing?
EMERGENT creates an escape from the normative
branch library, moving beyond it with a communicative and continuous architecture.
Located in the Ironbound District
in Newark, New Jersey, the proposed library can be seen as an abstract
continuation of the landscape of Independence Park. Cylindrical columns rise around visitors like a forest, bringing into question the relationship between nature and architecture, information and knowledge.
The below grade communal space
features a four-story public space looking up into the canopy of
programmatic library spaces, where planes
of wood and crisscrossing steel columns create a warm and comforting invitation to move up through the library’s
collection. Wrapped around the layer of white steel columns, the art gallery will host art from the diverse local arts
community of Newark and beyond..
The staggered facades on the upper
levels create zones for lounging and study along the perimeter of
the library floors. Composed of exterior and interior channel glass and the crisscrossing structural
columns, the interior facade continues the emergent effect for visitors through
its translucent glow during the day and subtly textured surface at night while
providing a glowing exterior to the community in the evening.
EMERGENT proposes a luminous continuum of space for learning and
growing for the entire Ironbound