With President Obama leaving office in January 2017, historians, academia, and the general public will turn to the creation of a "Presidential Library," which will also serve as a Museum, to reflect-on and capture the key events of eight years of the Obama Administration.
In this step you should define your problem with a short statement answering what and where you are designing, and who the primary user is. Refer to the Entry Process Questions to guide your thinking.
Design Challenge Brief
Your challenge is to design a “Presidential Library,” which will also serve as a Museum, to reflect-on and capture the key events of eight years of the Obama Administration. As with any new library this endeavor cannot be just a musty, silent holding area for books, records, and other materials. Instead, this project MUST display an ability to showcase both elements of library technology to emerge as a digital repository of information, while also having aspects of a museum capable of attracting all ages, ethnic groups, and interests.
Dimensions, size, costs, etc. must be determined by the team, but all decisions should be explained and warranted based on the resources likely to be attracted to such a proposal. A square foot cost estimate must be provided.
The actual Presidential Library is planned for Chicago, however, for this competition you can site the project anywhere, including your home town/city, just justify the reasons for your site as part of meeting the overall goals for this challenge – i.e., a place where people will want to come or gather.
Check out the CIRT Competition Packet for more information about the challenge and competition requirements.
Gather as much information as possible about your chosen location’s topography, climate and primary audiences. Upload images, notes, sketches, land use maps and other helpful resources that show your thinking. You can leave notes for your team in the comment section.
As your ideas come together, upload sketches, floorplans, bubble diagrams, aerial maps, material studies or prototype models of these initial ideas. Document each iteration and note shifts in thinking. You’ll need to remember your process and thinking for your final competition board!
Take your preliminary ideas and form multiple small-scale design solutions. Create digital or physical models that help articulate your more developed ideas. Discuss them as a team and make final decisions.
The challenge is to create a space that emphasizes natural light, sustainability, education, and community while representing a new understanding of what this presidential library/museum can feature for the Obama presidency – through the BUILT environment!
Remember the importance of the Design Aspects/Construction Elements:
- Site selection and its context (built and/or natural)
- Constructability (structural challenges, materials, textures, colors, etc.)
- Strategy for sustainability
- Surrounding landscape/external spaces
- Life and activities, in and around the building, including the qualities of enclosed spaces showing furniture, fittings and finishes (where needed or appropriate to the design competition selected).
The overall theme, or evaluation criteria, for the competition is one founded on the practical aspects of the profession, particularly with respect to:
- Use of materials
- Meeting deadlines and establishing realistic/reasonable expenses or budgets
More important than the actual design solution is the methods and processes used to arrive at a solution. Fundamentally, the spirit of this competition is one of design and construction.
Upload your final images, text and renderings for your final presentation board.
Your final solution should address these entry process questions:
- Define and or describe the problems/challenges you faced when deciding on the design project you chose to do for the competition.
- Thoroughly describe your design process, in writing and through visuals (e.g. sketches, renderings, stepped process, before and after, budgets, timelines, etc.) that specifically and realistically meets the precise or exact nature of the challenge and/or the client goals/needs.
- Explain how your design approach is an appropriate, innovative solution that realistically responds to the precise design competition problem. Explain how your design is different from other approaches or processes, if such is the case; and/or meets budgetary constraints, timeline issues or other challenges.
- Describe any social/ecological or otherwise beneficial qualities of your design solution. (For example, is it a universal design? How? Is it environmentally friendly? Does it use cost-effective or recyclable materials?)
- Describe what you learned from this design competition.
Submit: For those competing in the CIRT National Competition, please remember to submit the URL to your completed design project with your registration application to the competition platform. You can do this by:
- Login to DiscoverDesign
- Go to My Account
- Under the All Projects tab, please click on your design competition project. Copy the URL for your design project and submit it with the design process questionnaire (question #6).
Don't forget to complete your project and to submit your work on the 2016 Competition Submission page.