Detailed case studies of collaborative library design

For Immediate Release
Fri, 07/06/2018


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association

(312) 280-5052

CHICAGO — Talking about why collaboration is so important is one thing—but taking an in-depth look at the ways it works (and sometimes doesn’t work) in real-world design projects is both more revealing and instructive. Award-winning architect Peter Gisolfi does exactly that in “Collaborative Library Design: From Planning to Impact,” published by ALA Editions. The book’s detailed case studies of ten design projects from public, academic, and school libraries identify paths to success as well as hazards to avoid. Inside, library planners, designers, and administrators will find practical guidance directly applicable to their own undertakings, regardless of size or complexity. This book:

  • examines ten library design projects from a range of institutions, such as an academic library recovering from a fire, a high school library transitioning into the 21st century, and a public library that was transformed over many decades from a one-room schoolhouse to a 48,000-square-foot building;
  • includes plentiful illustrations, photos, diagrams, and plans that explain the buildings;
  • presents essays for each project written by the board member or academic administrator who participated and contributed to the planning, and the architect who lead the design team;
  • features honest evaluations of each project from a librarian responsible for the day-to-day operation in the new space, complete with observations of how patrons now use the facility; and
  • offers a closing essay discussing new trends in library design that will help assure the library’s position as a vital civic institution.

Gisolfi, AIA, ASLA, is senior partner of Peter Gisolfi Associates, Architects and Landscape Architects, in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, and New Haven, CT. He is a professor and former chairman of the School of Architecture at The City College of New York and was previously an adjunct associate professor of architecture at Columbia University. He has authored more than 100 articles on architecture and landscape design, and has served as a workshop leader, lecturer, and juror.

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