Through a series of six participative public consultations an international architects team and regional library leadership and staff worked together with the public to co- design the the new Halifax Central Library.
Extract from Spacing Atlantic Article:
“With the final public consultation session wrapping last Thursday, Halifax's new Central Library promises to set a new precedent — not just in terms of its modern design, but, perhaps more importantly, in terms of the participatory process that guided that design.
"It’s difficult to get a really valid answer back from a broad spectrum of the public" says Morten Schmidt, Design Director for the library's international partner, schmidt/hammer/lassen architects. "But the way it has been facilitated and hosted and the sort of continuation of these consultations has really shown a different picture than I thought. There have been a lot of valid points that have come out of it; we have sort of proved a certain way of thinking."
From targeted focus groups, to surveys, to graffiti walls, chalking, and yarn-bombing, the process made use of a range of traditional and creative consultation methods, garnering a similar range of perspectives. Thursday's final public meeting saw the culmination of these efforts, revealing an adapted design that had incorporated the results of all of these participatory opportunities.
Central Library Public Consultations Site
Article - Spacing Atlantic
Article - Ottawa Citizen
Article - Chronicle Herald
Article - Halifax Courier (UK)
Central Library Building Design site
Organizational Project Partners:
Fowler, Bauld and Mitchell
Halifax Regional Municipality
Halifax Public Libraries
Schmidt / Hammer / Lassen Architects
Andrew Abraham, Craig Moore, Rachel Derrah
A small facilitation team was led by Tim Merry, a Nova Scotian based host, slam poet, and social entrepreneur, well-versed in participatory and democratic facilitation methods. Inspired by The World Cafe conversational model, participants were arranged into friendly discussion-sized tables and invited to converse after each element of the design was presented.” Read More ...
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