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Spring 2014 Digital Photography A06 -Alejandro Rojas


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Three different libraries from three different eras on one campus showcase the technological progression of academic training facilities for student-warriors. What more can a library do than store books?

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The Student-Warrior Panel Jennifer Hu, Class of 2014, is a biology major who just ordered Japanese Marimo balls for her fishtank.

Sharada Dharmasankar, Class of 2014, is a chemistry major who took the winter quarter off to ride a motorcycle through the Virupaksha Temple near Bangalore, India.

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David Lorentzen, Class of 2014, is an economics major who’s only class this quarter is Advanced Applications in Chilling Out and Having Ridiculous Adventures Analysis 42700.

Petre Nebres, Class of 2013, is a Computer Science major who is countng down the days until he is old enough to drink at the Company events.

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he University of Chicago Library is home to 11.9 million volumes in print and electronic form, 51,760 linear feet of archives and manuscripts, and 117.5 TB of electronic University research data. It is also home to a promising few that spend long nights and days preparing for battle. For soon they will be in the front lines; relentlessly advancing the human condition. These warriors need proper training facilities. Luckliy, this campus has an architectural collection designed by a large variety of well-respected and forward-thinking architects. This campus features the works of Frank Lloyd Wright, Henry Ives Cobb, Eero Saarinen, Mies van der Rohe, Walter Netsch, and Helmut Jahn to name a few. The University of Chicago Library is spread out between 7 campus libraries. 3 of these libraries are accessible to all students. Like many of the other buildings on campus, these three main libraries look and feel completely different. As you are about to find out, these student-warriors occupy these spaces during different phases of their training. The three different architectural styles of the bulidings allow for three different styles of Study.

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Model Jesse Fitzpatrick Photos Alejandro Rojas


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Harper Memorial Library by Susie Allen

Fast Facts

The dedication of Harper Memorial Library on June 11, 1912 represented a major milestone for the University of Chicago. With its elegant Gothic architecture and advanced technology—the building featured telephones and a system of pneumatic tubes to transmit book orders—the new library was, according to the Chicago Tribune, “the largest and most important building yet erected on the campus of the University of Chicago.” Harper Memorial Library would undergo many changes in its first century. In 1970, nearly two million volumes were transferred from Harper Library and the 11 departmental libraries to the new Regenstein Library, freeing up space for classrooms and offices on the lower floors of Harper.

Area 40,000 sqft Capacity 2 million Volumes Architects Shepley, Rutan & Coolidge Also known for Art institute of Chicago, Chicago Cultural Center Completed 1912 Style Neo-Gothic Materials Limestone

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Does it work? Jennifer Hu: I’m a big Harry Potter fan. This reminds me of the great dinning hall in the Harry Potter movies. I can almost imagine the floating candles in the air. This hall is very beautiful and dreamy. My mind usually tends to wander when I’m here.

Sharada Dharmasankar: I like to come here because there is a warm feeling to this place. It is very quiet and i like the lamps. I usually fall asleep when i come here though.

David Lorentzen: This is one of the best places on campus. I can only imagine the first guys to study here. The history of the school is very present in here.

Petre Nebres: I don’t come in here a lot. It’s always dark and a bit creepy. I don’t know there is something about it. The coffee shop is great though. Not many schools still have coffee shops. They are usually taken over by Starbucks, but i come in here to get my fix from time to time.


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The University of Chicago long has been known for its undergraduate curriculum, built on the “great books” of philosophers, writers and poets such as Aristotle, Plato, Rousseau and Shakespeare. But with the U. of C. poised to launch a $42 million expansion of its Regenstein Library, the university will have a new claim to fame: the largest research library under a single roof in North America, university officials say. “On our campus, it’s not the football game that draws the biggest crowd, it’s evening study in the library,” said Provost Richard Saller. “We’re a campus where the library is sort of the social center because it is the focus [of the university].”

Area 577,085 sqft Capacity 8 million Volumes Architect Walter Netsch (SOM) Also known for UIUC University Hall, U.S. Air force academy Cadet Chapel Completed 1970 Style Brutalist Construction Limestone, Reinforced Concrete

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Does it work? Sharada Dharmasankar: I have spent countless hours at the Reg. I think most people have. This place is full of people during finals. Once you find yourself a cubicle though, you tend to forget your surroundings. I usually come here to not be distracted, but i usually see a familiar face.

David Lorentzen: I feel very safe in here. It’s like a massive impenetrable fortress. I don’t think that it’s an accident that it feels this way. People were a bit paranoid about a nuclear war, and this library was built on top of the site of the first nuclear chain reaction.

Petre Nebres: So many memorable moments at the Reg. This building is filled with a lot of hidden spaces to explore. Especially down in the book stacks. You can actually move the bookshelves around with a push of a button. It’s a bit scary, because I’m not sure if there are sensors to stop the book shelves from crushing you.

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Jennifer Hu: This place feels like a bunker to me. I don’t like its heaviness but the stairs are pretty cool. I spend a lot of time studying here. I come in and find a cubicle or a study room to isolate myself from the outside world. It’s not all about isolation though. Some floors are set up for group study. I know this might sound lame, but this is actually one of the big hangout spots on campus.


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Mansueto Library by Arch Daily

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The problem was to store 3.5 million books with an Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS). The expectations in the brief suggested to house those in a well designed “Box” above grade. In an effort to infringe as little as possible with the open space, make the Reading Room and the Preservation Department the most pleasant space to be in and in line with our approach to challenge habitual conventions, we opted to put the books below grade, where their environment can be better controlled to achieve the desired constant temperature and humidity of 60 degrees, 30% RH – at less cost. The people oriented spaces could thus be located at grade in a minimal elliptical glass dome, which fits the context, because it defies conventional relationships.

Area 58,700 sqf Capacity 3.5 million books Architect Murphy/Jahn Also known for Thompson Center, Sony center Completed 2011 Style Contemporary Materials Glass, Steel, Concrete, European white oak

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Does it work? Jennifer Hu: Whenever I’m not in isolation, i come here for inspiration. I write a lot of papers here. This place is awesome to be in during thunderstorms. It isn’t so great when there is a lot of snow piled on top of it.

Sharada Dharmasankar: This place has pleanty of natural light for reading, but sometimes there can be more light than needed. Its hard to look at your laptop screen on really sunny days.

David Lorentzen: As much as i belive in the advancement of technology. There is something about just browsing through a library that is relaxing to me. I see that the underground automated system is faster and better for the preservation for the books, but im not sure if i like the future of the library.

Petre Nebres: This place is too quiet for me. This is one of the designate areas of complete science. Its not that big of a space so people notice if you talk.


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