New York has 207 branch libraries, with an average age of 61 years old. Therefore the Center for an Urban Future partnered with the Architectural League of New York for a study of designs to improve New York’s branch library system. The main objectives are restore the buildings giving them better conditions and create spaces for community events and education programs. Today we’re going to see some of the projects that we’re presented this mouth for some of the libraries that are located in the five boroughs.
Marble Fairbanks, with James Lima Planning + Development, Leah Meisterlin, and Special Project Office, projected a library renovation and a residential tower in Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn, as well as a retail center and a plan to transform these spaces in emergency centers in case of climate events.
Andrew Berman has a proposal to a better use of the spaces at New Amsterdam in Manhattan, Walt Whitman and Clinton Hill in Brooklyn, and Hunts Point in the Bronx. Specially to give access to libraries areas even when they are closed, creating public spaces for communities.
Designers led by MASS focused in southern Brooklyn, where they suggest renovating library interiors and façades. For Sheepshead Bay branch they have idealized a local for events and in Coney Island a place with food and health services and educational programs.
The interdisciplinary team called UNION decided to suggest some clean logos and library cards that double as subway and also some outdoor space architectural redesigns, in order to have more flexible facilities.
For the L+ design group, led by SITU Studio, the objective was create conditions to have intensive literacy programs, tech classes, cooking workshops, among other things. To achieve that they thought in satellite-style library spaces for new sites of the area and some retail outposts to provide different services.
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