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Aerial view of a city street
October 11, 2017 | David Barista, Editorial Director

Left out of this ongoing national debate over infrastructure are the nation’s other publ...

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The green roof at the Windsor Terrace Library

Courtesy of Brooklyn Public Library

September 12, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The roof was funded through a process that allows local residents to decide how City capital doll...

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Rendering of the Riverside Library

Rendering courtesy of Johnson Favaro

September 01, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The choice comes after a 12-year planning process and a yearlong selection process.

The plinth-like extension and renovated library building

Photo: © Dennis Gilbert.

August 30, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The original building was updated and given a new extension and landscaping.

A rendering of the northeast corner of the new Donald Dungan Library

Rendering courtesy of Johnson Favaro

August 18, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The project includes a new library, the renovation of the existing library, and the redevelopment...

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San Diego's newest library branch is being built on the site of the old International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers building on West Washington Street. It should be completed by October 2018. Image: Courtesy of C.W. Driver Companies 

August 17, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The long-delayed project reflects community design input.

The exterior of Johnson Building, one of two buildings that comprise the Boston Public Library, whose $78 million renovation breathed new life into the landmark facility. Image: Bruce T. Martin Photography

May 31, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Visitors are flocking to its brighter, connected halls, which now include retail and digital comp...

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LaGuardia Community College in Queens, N.Y., has added 21,000 sf to its campus's library space, which includes a 74% increase in its seating capacity. Image: Ola Photography. 

May 16, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Wired seating and group work areas abound.   

Image courtesy of the Obama Foundation

May 04, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The design comprises three buildings set in the public space of Jackson Park on Chicago’s South S...

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Photo: Chris Cunningham Photography

April 07, 2017 | AIA and BD+C Staff

Columbus Metropolitan Library, National Library of Latvia, and Varina Area Library were all honor...

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Rendering courtesy of Mecanoo.

February 22, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Great Halls, an auditorium, a fabrication lab, and a roof garden will all be added to the Ludwig...

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Rendering courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

January 09, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The 110,000-sm library will be built in Pudong District and sit next to Century Park, Shanghai’s...

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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama. Photo: Public.Resource.Org/Creative Commons.

June 30, 2016 | BD+C Editors

With experience designing cultural and academic facilities, Williams and Tsien got the nod over o...

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Vertical fins provide essential shading for the pebble-shaped library, which is wrapped in glass curtain wall to maximize views and natural light. Photo: Jon Miller, Hedrich Blessing. Click here to enlarge.

May 19, 2016 | David Barista, Editorial Director

The 16,000-sf, pebble-shaped Chinatown Branch Library was built at the intersection of new and ol...

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New renderings released for Herzog & de Meuron’s National Library of Israel

Renderings courtesy Herzog & de Meuron (via Dezeen). Click here for larger view.

April 21, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The library is based around the light well in the center of a concave roof, a feature that will i...

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AIA announces 2016 Library Building Awards winners

Chicago Public Library, Chinatown Branch. Photo: © Hedrich Blessing/SOM

April 18, 2016 | BD+C Editors

Snøhetta’s Ryerson University student center and the Billings (Mont.) Public Library by Will Brud...

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Snøhetta designs research library at Temple University

New library at Temple University. Renderings courtesy Snøhetta (via Dezeen)

January 26, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The firm emphasized collaborative spaces, but the library will have room for plenty of books as w...

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Invasive probes, including test cuts of existing EIFS cladding, can uncover hidd
January 14, 2016 | Arthur L. Sanders & Benjamin J. Robinson, Hoffmann Architects

This AIA CES Discovery course discusses the six elements of an EIFS wall assembly; common EIFS fa...

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Barack Obama Foundation begins search for presidential library architect

Barack and Michelle Obama look at Chicago's skyline. Photo: Pete Souza/Wikimedia Commons 

August 27, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Both national and foreign firms will compete for chance to design the Chicago-based Presidential...

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Designs for earthquake-resistant New Central Library in New Zealand unveiled

Maori cultural symbols are referenced throughout the library’s design. Renderings courtesy Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

April 29, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The Danish firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects won the competition to design the New Central Li...

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Mies’ Martin Luther King Jr. Library to get a Mecanoo makeover

"While not final, these renderings demonstrate the amazing possibilities as we work to transform this historic building into a center for learning, innovation and engagement for the District," the library said in a statement. Renderings courtesy Mecanoo and Martinez + Johnson Architecture

April 07, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The architects say the modernization aims to improve “Mies in a...

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Architecture excellence: 6 award-winning libraries

Mission Branch Library, San Antonio, designed by Muñoz and Company. Photo: Chris Cooper/Luis M. Garza

April 02, 2015 | AIA

The new Cedar Rapids Public Library and the restored Slover Library in Norfolk, Va., are among si...

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Designers turn a struggling mall into a hub of learning and recreation that work together and separately

The 32,000 square feet of panels were installed in a six-week period.

| March 24, 2015 | Nichiha

Architects help Nashville government transform a struggling mall into a new community space.

Retrofit projects give dying malls new purpose

The Vanderbilt Medical Center at One Hundred Oaks Mall transformed a former 1960s-era indoor shopping mall in Nashville, Tenn., into a mixed-use medical office center for Vanderbilt University. Photo courtesy Vanderbilt University

March 10, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Approximately one-third of the country’s 1,200 enclosed malls are dead or dying. The good news is...

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Photo: Geo Swan via Wikimedia Commons
January 02, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Construction consultant FMI foresees—with some caveats—continuing growth in the office, lodging,...

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Section rendering courtesy SRG Partnership
December 29, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The 40,000-sf library is equipped with four “cones of light,” spherical reflectors made from extr...

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At Coastline Community Colleges Newport Beach (Calif.) Campus, the Building Tea
November 10, 2014 | C.C. Sullivan and Barbara Horwitz-Bennett, Contributing Editors

Providing more comfortable conditions to building occupants has become a top priority in today’s...

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Renderings courtesy Herzog & De Meuron
November 10, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The library’s new home will be a completely new building in Jerusalem, and will combine the funct...

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Photo: Conrad Nutschan via Wikimedia Commons
October 16, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Public libraries will avoid being relegated to the scrap heap of history in a digital age as long...

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The research can help designers identify which products should be subjected to e
October 16, 2014 | Perkins+Will

The white paper includes a list of 193 flame retardants, including 29 discovered in building and...

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