SELECTED DESIGN TEAM / Re-Envisioning Branch Libraries / The Architectural League and the Center for an Urban Future 2014
BAS formed and led the interdisciplinary team UNION which was selected by The Architectural League to develop visionary architectural possibilities for the transformation and rehabilitation of the New York City branch library team. Our team was selected to envision new architectural possibilities for the future of NYC’s Branch Libraries, and commissioned to develop images of designs to inspire the city’s commitment to a new era of capital investment in the system. But as we studied the challenge at hand, we formed the opinion that simply imagining better, more creative, or more inventive buildings would not alone address the fundamental challenges today’s libraries face. Instead, our design proposal envisions strategic architectural innovation at multiple scales: a portfolio of design and strategy proposals that would build momentum around a re-conceptualization of the city’s branch libraries.
The completed project was presented at a public symposium to galvanize civic leaders around a reinvestment in the City’s library infrastructure. A broadsheet newspaper was conceptualized and printed that dually functioned as both an overview of the project and as a provocative graphic poster.