Re-Envisioning Branch Libraries Design Study Presentations


Libraries Program Page Header

Re-Envisioning Branch Libraries Design Study Presentations
Welcome by Rosalie Genevro, Executive Director, The Architectural League
Introduction by David Giles, Research Director, Center for an Urban Future
Presentations by interdisciplinary design teams led by Andrew Berman Architect, L+, Marble Fairbanks, MASS Design Group, and UNION
Discussion moderated by Shannon Mattern, Associate Professor of Media Studies, The New School

3 AIA and New York State CEUs

This program is co-sponsored by the Center for an Urban Future and hosted by The School of Media Studies at The New School, in partnership with the Parsons School of Constructed Environments.

New York City’s 207 branch libraries are serving more New Yorkers in more ways than ever before. In conjunction with the Center for an Urban Future’s ongoing research on branch libraries in New York City, The Architectural League collaborated on a design study to articulate new architectural, financial, and programmatic possibilities for these essential, neighborhood-based resource centers.

In December 2014, the five teams, selected last summer through an RFQ, unveiled their work at a design showcase and policy symposium organized by the Center for an Urban Future and sponsored by the Charles H. Revson Foundation. This January the five design teams will present their research and designs in depth at this public event. Refreshments will be available. Additional information on the design work produced by this study can be found here on The Architectural League’s website.

Design Teams

Andrew Berman Architect, Library Development Solutions, Neil Donnelly,
 AEA Consulting,
 Auerbach Pollock Friedlander
Andrew Berman, architect and principal of Andrew Berman Architect; Leslie Burger, director of Princeton Public Library and founder of Library Development Solutions; Neil Donnelly, graphic designer; Adrian Ellis, Elizabeth Ellis, and Daniel Payne, cultural consultants of AEA Consulting; and Steven Friedlander, theater consultant, partner of Auerbach Pollock Friedlander.

Basar Girit, Jen Komorowski, Aleksey Lukyanov-Cherny, Westley Rozen, Katie Shima, and Bradley Samuels, architects, SITU Studio; Jessica Blaustein, designer, researcher, and director of The New School’s Urban Media Labs in the School of Media Studies; Glen Cummings, graphic designer and partner at MTWTF; Jesse Keenan, research director for the Center for Urban Real Estate and professor of real estate development at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University; Rachel Meltzer, researcher and assistant professor of urban policy at the Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy at The New School; and Christian Zabriskie and Lauren Comito, founders of Urban Librarians Unite.

Marble Fairbanks with James Lima Planning + Development, Leah Meisterlin, and Special Project Office
Scott Marble, Karen Fairbanks, and Jason Roberts, architects at Marble Fairbanks; James Lima, urban planner, real estate developer, and president of James Lima Planning + Development; Leah Meisterlin, urbanist, architect, planner, and educator at Barnard College, Columbia University; and Richard Tyson, design consultant and founding principal of Special Project Office.

MASS Design Group
Michael Murphy, architect and executive director of MASS Design Group; Michael Haggerty, urban planner and community service fellow at MASS Design Group; James Martin, architect and associate at MASS Design Group; Chitra Aiyar, attorney and executive director of Sadie Nash Leadership Project; Daniel Hernandez, real estate developer, planner, and co-founder and principal of Topology; and Thanu Yakupitiyage, DJ, advocate, and cultural organizer at the New York Immigration Coalition.

Annie Barrett, architect and principal of Annie Barrett Studio; Adriel Mesznik, principal of Adriel Mesznik Architecture; Ann Whiteside, Harvard Graduate School of Design librarian and assistant dean for information resources; Bryan Boyer, designer and principal of Dash Marshall; Ceren Bingol, senior architect at OMA; Helen Han, architect and filmmaker; Jane Lea, project architect at Architecture Research Office; Landon Brown, designer, researcher, and director of VisionArc; Ryan Thacker, graphic designer at Might Could; Sapna Advani, urban design and planning director at Grain Collective; and Scott Geiger, writer and critic.

Time & Place
Monday, January 12, 2015
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall
The New School
55 West 13th Street, Room I202
SOLD OUT—We are currently sold out for this event and are no longer taking names for a waitlist. Tickets will not be available at the door. Email with any questions. This event is free and open to all; priority given to League members. Reservations required by e-mailing: Reservations are open to League members December 8, 2014; to non-members January 5, 2015. To become a League member, click here.
Support for the Re-envisioning New York’s Branch Libraries design study was provided by the Charles H. Revson Foundation.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

nysca_100px Screen Shot 2014-12-08 at 4.05.37 PM