November 21, 2017

Ideas from the Labs at DC Public Library

They “break it better” at Dream Lab, Fab Lab, Studio Lab, and Memory Lab. Here’s what that means, and how it’s an approach that can transform other programs, too.

Capitol Designs: DCPL’s Ambitious Construction Project | Library by Design

A renaissance in library architecture is under way in Washington, DC, thanks to the vision of District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) chief librarian and executive director Ginnie Cooper. Since she arrived at DCPL in 2006, Cooper has overseen the construction and renovation of 14 branch libraries, with eight more renovations and reconstructions to go. Collectively, the upgraded branches and new buildings—the latter conceived by world-class architects, including Adjaye Associates, Davis Brody Bond Aedas, and the Freelon Group—have earned an astonishing 26 awards for their design excellence.

DC Library Wants to Unlock Revenue Potential of Main Building

The DC Public Library in Washington D.C. owns a very valuable piece of real estate in the heart of downtown, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, and the library is looking to leverage that asset. In an unusual move, Ginnie Cooper, the library’s director, last month paid $120,000 to the Urban Land Institute (ULI), […]