October 16th, 2021
6:00PM - 7:00PM
Join Linda Johnson, CEO of Brooklyn Public Library, and architect Toshiko Mori for a virtual tour, conversation, and Q&A about the single largest renovation and restoration in Central Library’s 80-year history, and what the future of the library means for BPL and the surrounding communities. The conversation will be moderated by Shannon Mattern, professor of Anthropology at The New School.
Central Library is Brooklyn’s home library, and one of New York City’s foremost cultural, civic, and educational institutions. It receives more than 1.2 million visits each year, and items from its collections circulate 1.6 million times. In 2018, Central Library started construction on a multi-phase renovation for new public spaces and much-needed infrastructure upgrades. Carried out in partnership with internationally renowned Toshiko Mori Architects, the goals of the renovation are to reclaim and optimize public areas, create inspiring and innovative spaces, and restore a Brooklyn landmark. May 2021 marked the completion of the first phase of renovation; the second phase of renovation will begin in 2022.
This talk is offered during OHNY Weekend as a part of Radical Knowledge: Libraries as Community Catalysts, an ongoing program examining how libraries serve as both vibrant learning institutions and centers for their communities, providing physical and virtual spaces to enrich civic life, expand economic opportunity, and improve the quality of place and quality of life for New Yorkers.
This talk will include a short video with Linda Johnson and Toshiko Mori walking through the renovated library.