Woven Roots 

A Library 


Along the border between Jordan and Saudi Arabic is a series of agricultral towns that have depended on deep reserves of old groundwater to grow crops in a climate not usually conducive to farming. Clever irrigation methods have allowed these town to develop thriving farms, but depletion of water sources is an imminent future. Tubarjal is one of the largest towns with supportive infrastructure and cultural institutions, but it is still without a community library. The proposed tiny library is located on a central block, adjacent to a mosque, a public garden, and two schools.  The larger intention for the library is to function as a hub for research and inspiration for the arts and textiles encouraging new arts development and to support the longstanding traditions of textile weaving by women in the desert. The library collections is focused on historic art references with a more traditional reading room for browsing. An open workshop and photo lab provide residents a space to photograph, record, and upload art works to a public digital archive. An outdoor amphitheater is also embedded next to the main building, affording the town a communal space for gathering, performance and lectures. 

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