Justin Wadge: Baroque Libraries: The Journey to Getting Lost in a Book

black and white drawing of a library

Drawing by Justin Wadge (B.Arch. '15).

To write a book is to allow an outsider into a part of your mind, a part you believe is worth sharing. To read a book is to have a piece of someone else, to hold it in your hands. The act is an intimate one, an opening up of the mind through space. The reading room is a stage for this encounter. The library is a sequence of arrival and departure, a preparation.

The Baroque period is very special. The reading room lined with books was new but rare. The library was the monastery's physical and literal representation of knowledge, their reconciliation with the Renaissance. It was part of a dignified tour to be presented to visitors upon arrival. Justin Wadge (B.Arch. '15) traveled to Austria, the Czech Republic, and Italy to document the sequences of space into the reading rooms. From secluded mountain valleys to the center of Rome, he documented his explorations with hundreds of pages of perspective drawings in Leporello notebooks. These drawings will be accompanied by a photographic-based lecture during the opening reception.

Wadge graduated as Degree Marshall from AAP's B.Arch. program in 2015. Since then, he has been working at Mitchell/Giurgola Architects. Currently, he is working on an addition to the New York Public Library. Funding for his research was provided by the Robert James Eidlitz Travel Fellowship.

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