Fargo, N.D. â€“ During the week of Nov. 15, students from North Dakota State University will transform the east and west entrances of the downtown Fargo Public Library in a project called “Transitions.”
At the library, located at 209 3rd St. N., 19 third-year NDSU landscape architecture students will build a fabric wave and a digital installation for a one-week exhibition. Each design will redefine the transitions between interior and exterior.
“Transforming Perception” will be installed at the east entrance. Inspired by the changing effects of the Red River, the design will bring awareness of the river’s impact on the city. Moving through the library entrance, people will experience a gradual transition to a cognitive feel of the river.
“Symphony in Red” located at the west entrance of the building will draw in the public through flowing red fabric. The design appears to move through the glass windows using 200 yards of vibrant red fabric to give the illusion there is no glass.
The planning began weeks ago, after Stevie Famulari, assistant professor of architecture and landscape architecture, introduced the project. The students divided into two groups, with each taking an entrance to the library. In mid-October they started researching the history and existing conditions of the site. Based on their analysis both groups explored potential ideas for a design, which were approved by Tim Dirks, library director.
“It’s an interesting feeling to design something that you know other people will get to experience. It has also been a new challenge to design with the intention of actualizing our work,” said landscape architecture student Nathan Thomas.
Installation of the designs will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 15, and remain on display through Nov. 22. A public reception with the NDSU Landscape architecture students is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 17, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information, contact Famulari at (505) 710-3586, or students Emily Neuenschwander at (952) 465-7719, Adam Olson at (320) 262-1102, David Eisenbraun at (701) 388-2576 or Courtney Duchene at (612) 226-6173.