Libraries, Architecture, And Public Space

As one of the few remaining public spaces in cities, libraries are a popular means for the architect and urban designer to contribute positively to their communities. ArchNewsNow talks to two architects about the latest trends in library design.

"In celebration of the annual American Library Association Convention being held this month in New Orleans, we asked ArchNewsNow contributor Kenneth Caldwell to interview two leading architects on library design trends.

Mark Schatz, AIA, a principal with Field Paoli, is well known in the San Francisco Bay Area for his community centers and public libraries. Schatz discusses combining those building types and the public process that is required to get there.

Ed Dean, AIA, LEED, recently joined San Francisco-based Chong Partners as a project director working on academic and large public libraries. Dean offers some observations about combining these uses.

Interestingly enough, both architects talk about the renewed roles that all kinds of libraries have to play in our civic life."

Full Story: Reference This: Two views on trends in public and academic libraries

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