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The Planning and Design of Public Libraries

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Explore emerging models and evolving changes in library environments and how changes in service and information technology influence library facility design. This comprehensive course examines the role of libraries in the digital age. The program covers theoretical and practical issues in an interactive class format. Reviews of innovative systems and emerging library trends are balanced with an examination of ways to enhance the process required to bring a library project from its initial conceptual goals to a built reality.

Program activities include lectures, discussions, team-based library planning and design exercises, virtual tours of distant libraries and actual tours of new local libraries, and the evaluation of recent and proposed new library designs. Program topics include: new models, new service goals, library programming and planning considerations; space planning standards; library zoning for program functional adjacencies and synergies; building community support, and sustainable design/LEED for libraries.

Instructors: Jeffrey Hoover, AIA, Tappé Associates, Boston MA; Elisabeth Martin, FAIA, MDA designgroup, New York NY

For those who qualify, 21 AIA/CES (HSW) | 21 AICP/CM are available.

For more information, contact or call 617-384-7214.