Engage the 21st Century Library
The public library in the Town of Richmond, Maine had been deemed unsafe due to mold, closed, and a temporary library set up nearby although with inadequate space. The Town asked UMA Architecture to study the question of a library design on the existing site. Richmond saw its library as a central piece to its continued revitalization and community building.
For the students this project offered them the opportunity to work with real clients through a design process. They undertook program and site analysis to help the town determine the parameters of the library project. Subsequently, each student worked on individual library projects so as to show the town the potential and possibility of their public project. After initial presentations, four students were chosen to share their vision of the library at a town council meeting.