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Five Teams Selected to Participate in Re-envisioning Branch Libraries Design Study

15 July, 2014

-By Holly O'Dell


The Architectural League of New York and Center for an Urban Future have selected five teams to participate in the Re-envisioning Branch Libraries design study. The study will identify the challenges faced by New York’s branch libraries — such as accommodating the full range of library programs and enhancing libraries’ role as community hubs — and propose design solutions. Results of the study will outline new architectural, financial, and programming possibilities for New York’s branch libraries.

A public event this fall will feature a presentation of the teams’ work and discussion with advocates and policymakers around issues drawn from the study. The participants’ projects also will appear on a variety of Architectural League platforms.


The five interdisciplinary teams, selected from 45 submissions, include:

Andrew Berman Architect | Library Development Solutions | Neil Donnelly | AEA Consulting | Auerbach Pollock Friedlander
Team members: 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 and Elizabeth Ellis, cultural consultants and founders of AEA Consulting; and Steven Friedlander, theater consultant, founder of Auerbach Pollock Friedlander.

Marble Fairbanks with James Lima Planning + Development and Special Project Office
Team members: Scott Marble and Karen Fairbanks, architects and founding partners of Marble Fairbanks; James Lima, urban planner, real estate developer, and president of James Lima Planning + Development; Richard Tyson, design consultant and founding principal of Special Project Office; and Leah Meisterlin, urbanist, architect, planner, educator, and a director of Special Project Office.

MASS Design Group (Contract's 2012 Designer of the Year)
Team members: Michael Murphy, architect and executive director of MASS Design Group; Michael Haggerty, urban planner and community service fellow at MASS Design Group; Chitra Aiyar, attorney and executive director of Sadie Nash Leadership Project; Phoebe Espirutu, design analyst, faculty member of the Flatiron School, and manager of the TechStars NYC HackStars; and Daniel Hernandez, real estate developer, planner, and project manager.

SITU Studio
Team members: Bradley Samuels, architect and founding partner of SITU Studio; Jessica Blaustein, designer, researcher, and director of The New School’s Urban Media Labs in the School of Media Studies; 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.

UNION
Team members: Adriel Mesznik, senior architect and urban designer at WXY; Ann Whiteside, Harvard Graduate School of Design librarian and assistant dean for information resources; Annie Barrett, architect and principal of Annie Barrett Studio; 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; and Landon Brown, designer, researcher, and director of VisionArc.

For additional information, visit archleague.org/branchlibraries.




Five Teams Selected to Participate in Re-envisioning Branch Libraries Design Study

15 July, 2014


The Architectural League of New York and Center for an Urban Future have selected five teams to participate in the Re-envisioning Branch Libraries design study. The study will identify the challenges faced by New York’s branch libraries — such as accommodating the full range of library programs and enhancing libraries’ role as community hubs — and propose design solutions. Results of the study will outline new architectural, financial, and programming possibilities for New York’s branch libraries.

A public event this fall will feature a presentation of the teams’ work and discussion with advocates and policymakers around issues drawn from the study. The participants’ projects also will appear on a variety of Architectural League platforms.


The five interdisciplinary teams, selected from 45 submissions, include:

Andrew Berman Architect | Library Development Solutions | Neil Donnelly | AEA Consulting | Auerbach Pollock Friedlander
Team members: 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 and Elizabeth Ellis, cultural consultants and founders of AEA Consulting; and Steven Friedlander, theater consultant, founder of Auerbach Pollock Friedlander.

Marble Fairbanks with James Lima Planning + Development and Special Project Office
Team members: Scott Marble and Karen Fairbanks, architects and founding partners of Marble Fairbanks; James Lima, urban planner, real estate developer, and president of James Lima Planning + Development; Richard Tyson, design consultant and founding principal of Special Project Office; and Leah Meisterlin, urbanist, architect, planner, educator, and a director of Special Project Office.

MASS Design Group (Contract's 2012 Designer of the Year)
Team members: Michael Murphy, architect and executive director of MASS Design Group; Michael Haggerty, urban planner and community service fellow at MASS Design Group; Chitra Aiyar, attorney and executive director of Sadie Nash Leadership Project; Phoebe Espirutu, design analyst, faculty member of the Flatiron School, and manager of the TechStars NYC HackStars; and Daniel Hernandez, real estate developer, planner, and project manager.

SITU Studio
Team members: Bradley Samuels, architect and founding partner of SITU Studio; Jessica Blaustein, designer, researcher, and director of The New School’s Urban Media Labs in the School of Media Studies; 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.

UNION
Team members: Adriel Mesznik, senior architect and urban designer at WXY; Ann Whiteside, Harvard Graduate School of Design librarian and assistant dean for information resources; Annie Barrett, architect and principal of Annie Barrett Studio; 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; and Landon Brown, designer, researcher, and director of VisionArc.

For additional information, visit archleague.org/branchlibraries.

 


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