Chinatown Library

Chinatown Library
Manhattan, NY
Prof. Rosalyne Shieh

            The history of the wall doesn’t start with barriers, rather with textiles: woven and permeable. The wall as it is known today, both structurally and ideologically is one of divide and utilitarianism. The program of a library is at once embedded with hierarchy and information control. A library for the people however is antithetical to a modern wall. It challenges the walls of information that exist. It subverts the function of the wall as an architectural object, using it to bring people together, to exist as a textile rather than a mass.