In response to the design study organized by the Architectural League and the Center for an Urban Future, following CUF's Fall 2014 report "Re-envisioning New York's Branch Libraries" our interdisciplinary team, led by Marble Fairbanks, proposed a data-driven and human-centered approach to understanding the position the branch library systems play throughout New York City. We came to understand the branches as a networked, civic and social infrastructure that intersects with multiple planning priorities at different locations. These intersections present unique and powerful opportunities to align plans, optimize the efficacy of limited resources, and contribute to design excellence.
Excerpts from the project's presentation are above, which include proposals and examples at three scales: the City (data), the Neighborhood (zoning), and the User (building). Karen Fairbanks, James Lima, and Leah presented the project on 4 December 2014 at a day-long event at the Japan Society and again on 12 January 2015 at the New School.
- The full proposal (from the Architectural League)
- Proceedings of the 12 December Symposium, including video of design presentations and panel discussions (from the Center for an Urban Future)
- Design Study details, including the proposals of all five interdisciplinary teams (from the Architectural League)
- The project description (from Marble Fairbanks)
The Team (with many thanks)
- At Marble Fairbanks: Karen Fairbanks, Scott Marble, Jason Roberts, Keenan Korth
- James Lima Planning and Development
- At Special Project Office: Richard Tyson
- and Dare Brawley, who worked with Leah on the data analysis
- Michael Kimmelman. "Evolution for Libraries in Brooklyn." The New York Times. 25 January 2015 (web), 26 January 2015 (print).
- Brady Dale. "Modern Public Libraries Might Help Renters Afford NYC." Next City, Equity Factor. 8 Dec 2014.
- Jonathan Bowles and Jeanette Estima. "Libraries of the Future." City & State. 11 Dec 2014.
- Eric Jaffe. "5 Design Concepts for New York's Branch Library of the Future." CityLab. 5 Dec 2014.
- Catherine Yang. "Designers Draw up the Library of the Future." Epoch Times. 12 Dec 2014.