Research and Creative Work

In the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado Denver, students and faculty engage directly with our vibrant city, dynamic community, and magnificent landscape by working on real projects that make a real difference. 


Date: 1/22/2018
Student Researchers: Mitch Deans Faculty Advisor: Juana Gòmez

This is a project located in a gentrified neighborhood, where property values are very high and incomes wealthy. Therefore, this library is designed to teach the philosophy of less is more, and to break the unfulfilling cycle of consumerism. Taking inspiration from the simple, one-room Carnegie library, this project is a celebration of immaterial goods such as community and teamwork.
By creating a single “Great Room” which connects all four floors, utilizing the rooftop space as community gardens, and turning the underutilized Erie St. into a plaza adjacent to a park, this project champions community spaces and the importance of civic participation. The project also uses what would be considered mundane and gritty materials such as concrete, steel, and plywood which are left exposed and placed over more common civic materials like stone and glass curtain walls. This encourages the shedding of status-connoting material possessions and alludes to the building's function.


College of Architecture and Planning

CU Denver

CU Denver Building

1250 14th Street


Denver, CO 80202


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