Submission: June 20, 2014
Registration: June 9, 2014
Location: New York, USA
Prizes: 6 Prizes $ 5.000 each.
Type: Open competition for architects and architecture students.
The Center for an Urban Future (CUF) and The Architectural League of New York are partnering to produce a design study that will articulate possibilities for the design of branch libraries in New York City. The broad challenges that branch libraries face include enabling access to the burgeoning resources of the digital world while continuing to circulate books and other print resources; enhancing capacity to serve as physical and civic hubs of their communities; and accommodating the full range of programs they offer, from adult literacy and ESL to after-school programs for children and teens and technology training for senior citizens.
We invite architects and designers interested in participating in this design study to organize interdisciplinary teams and to submit qualifications and a statement of interest in response to this Request for Qualifications. A selection committee will recommend up to six teams to participate in the design study. Selected design teams will present their work at a public event in early November 2014 and will have subsequent opportunities to present their work through a variety of Architectural League platforms, both live and digital, including our two online publications, archleague.org and Urban Omnibus. The designs generated will be used to provoke conversation about how best to support the library systems through design, funding, and public awareness of the vital services they provide.