5 October 2014

Why call it a “library?”

October 5, 2014 – 2:45 to 3:45 PM – Portland, OR
CEFPI Annual Conference: Blazing Trails, a Journey of Learning

Mani Ardalan Farhadi, Associate AIA, LEED AP, Steinberg Architects, will be presenting with Janet Terranova, Monte Vista High School, on the new paradigm for library spaces.

Have you been asked recently whether books and libraries will still be needed in the future? When a visionary donor stepped up to finance a ‘library’ project at a public high school in the California Bay Area, our team was asked this very question at the interview. We will be querying the audience and asking for your feedback as we present the evolution we undertook with Monte Vista High School towards finding the answers. By taking into account the traditional needs of the librarian, the construction concerns of the District facilities, the technological demands of the IT department, the idealist vision of the donor, the inventive foresight of the School Administration and the inquisitive suggestions of the students, we collaborated to design a ‘library of the future.’ Explore with us the unusual assignment of creating what came to be a ‘learning commons’ and hub of activity that ultimately transformed the campus experience for every student and educator on the campus. We will share with you our Post-Occupancy research when we ventured back on campus to observe the results of implementing this once-in-a-lifetime project.

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