Bonding

Excellent infrastructures make a neighborhood resilient, but tight bonds among residents make it even stronger. The objective of this project was to use architectural and urban design to transform three lots in College Hill, Cincinnati, OH, into a neighborhood business + cultural center, which would significantly vitalize the entire community.


My strategy was to utilize commonalities. And the approach was to design various enticing public spaces where the shared demands of different groups of people living in College Hill would be met. What they have in common brings them together, creating opportunities for them to meet, acquaint, understand, and bond. Besides, in the library design, the building allows the residents to shape many spaces through their joint efforts, gradually transforming itself into a more domestic and familiar place. The library also offers the residents various media to record their meaningful public life. Ultimately, the residents will transform the library into the community's shared living room and memory vault.

Site

Population

# of households

Per capita income

Median age

Ohio

College Hill

Many vacant lots.

The community lacks social life.

The existing library has a little collection of books and is rarely visited.

Very few location name signs lead to a lack of neighborhood identity.

Commercial corridor has no vitality.

Streets are lifeless.

Business is slow

Parking lots along the main corridor take away the energy.

Public spaces are few and of low quality.

Analysis, strategies, and framework plans

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8

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11

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2

1

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9

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5

  1   Mixed-use building

  2   Apartment

  3  Multi-family house

  4  Single-family house

  5  Artists' residence

  6  Recreational center

  7  Pool

  8  Urban agriculture site

  9  Community library

10  Art plaza

11  Parking garage

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1

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120

240

500 ft

Urban design proposals

The floor area per capital of every community library in the surrounding neighborhoods is undesirably low. To take full advantage of this opportunity to construct a new library, the College Hill branch could be upgraded and become a major regional branch library serving the norther greater Cincinnati. Despite the fact that this proposal may require challenging collaboration among various communities, the new library will undoubtedly be beneficial from the long run.

Architectural proposal - regional library

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6

  1  Office

  2  Storage

  3  Exhibition stand

  4  Front desk

  5  Children's library

  6  Lecture hall

  7  Lockers

  8  Newsstand + cafeteria

  9  Restroom

10  Staff's meeting room

11  Sunken courtyard

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6

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11

Floor plans

Sections

Empty Shelves

Sharing + donation

Shelves with books

Memory booth

Vlog

Recording moments

Packed with memories

Photos + clippings + doodles

Memory wall

No job / income / certificate

Lectuires

Self-development

Creating artworks and fun

Residents

Artists

Diagram - Bonding in library

Instructors: Bin Hu, Frank Russell
Independent work

 © 2019 by Da Li

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