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The traditional library generally asserts a heavy presence, coercing new identities onto the context. However, as a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood, Bushwick is already losing its own identity. A new identity will only be detrimental. As such, this new library yearns to resolve and reinforce the identities that are present today, specifically the younger artistic community and the older working class families. The proposal is to ironically insert a slice of the hyper-urban Generic City. New programmed destinations are injected into banal blocks that blend into the local vernacular. Each mass is legible as its own self. Once the visitor stumbles inside a block though, he finds himself with another reading of the block. He realizes that the block is a part of a whole, and it is connected to the other parts via a system of bookshelves. The library essentially becomes urban glue in the new Generic City.