In order to improve the space in the East Regis building, I would propose to add some music, color, and more lounging chairs. The music would be loud enough in order to add life to the atmosphere, but quiet enough to allow most people to continue to use the area as a studying space. I personally enjoy places such as coffee shops and cafés to study, because the white noise is calming and helps me concentrate better.
In addition to music, I would want to add color in the form of plants, whether they are fake or not, or some sort of colored lighting. I was inspired by the Institute of Art in Minneapolis, and how they use lights at night that project onto the gigantic white pillars. Color would grab attention and invite people to the space.
Last but not least, I would want to add inflatable chairs. These chairs could take many forms; such as, inner-tubes, spheres, semi-spheres, actual chair structures, or inflatable rectangular prisms. The materials would be out of thick plastic that would hopefully not deflate or puncture easily. Each chair would be shaped and colored differently. Along with chairs there could be the possibility of adding foot-rests and blow-up table-like structures to add to the convenience of lounging in this area.
My goal is to make the Regis Art building a place where commuters want to study and people that live nearby want to meet.