Panel discussion: Architect David Adjaye on the Future of the Library

February 11 event to explore the future of library programs and design possibilities

Event date February 11, 2016 6 - 7:30pm
William O. Lockridge Library, Washington D.C. Adjaye and Associates. 2012. Photo: Courtesy of Ed Sumner.

William O. Lockridge Library, Washington D.C. Adjaye and Associates. 2012. Photo: Courtesy of Ed Sumner.

Don’t miss a fascinating discussion as renowned architect David Adjaye, recipient of the 2016 Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT, joins a distinguished panel to imagine the future of library programs and design possibilities. The McDermott Award program, recognizing rising, innovative talents, includes an artist residency at MIT, during which Adjaye will participate in public programs, including panels and symposia focused on the future of the museum, library, and campus.

At the library panel Adjaye will be joined by:

  • Chris Bourg, director, MIT Libraries
  • Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian of the District of Columbia Library (retired)
  • Jeffrey Schnapp, professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of Comparative Literature, Harvard Graduate School of Design; founder and faculty director, metaLAB at Harvard; and faculty director, Berkman Center for Internet & Society
  • Nader Tehrani, dean of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union of the Advancement of Science and Art; principal, NADAA
  • Moderator Ana Miljački, assistant professor of Architecture, MIT

Panelists will share recent projects including Adjaye’s Idea Stores and the Francis Gregory and the William O. Lockridge/Bellevue libraries in Washington, D.C., and discuss MIT’s efforts to develop a bold new vision for the future of research libraries.

In 2015, Provost Martin A. Schmidt appointed an Institute-wide Task Force, under the leadership of Chris Bourg, director of Libraries, to examine the evolution of research libraries and how best to support the creation and preservation of knowledge in this era of electronic dissemination of information and increasingly democratized access to learning.

Future of the Library
Thursday, February 11, 6–7:30 p.m.
MIT Lecture Hall 10-250
Free and open to the public but reservations strongly recommended.