Wednesday, March 6, 2013

West Vancouver Memorial Library: From Co-design to Built space

We attended the unveiling of the West Vancouver Memorial Library Teen space.  Last summer, it was our pleasure to assist the Library in engaging local youth to design the activities, perceptual qualities and typical daily use of the library space.  The four hour co-design included a perceptual site walk, a discussion of ecology and co-design drawing.  This data was added to a questionnaire prepared by the library staff. For West Vancouver Memorial Library, our codesign was just a part of their comprehensive plan for youth engagement .  Our Congratulations to Shannon Ozirny and Jenny Benedict for their excellent program of design participation.  

The codesign drawings were shared with the designer and the teen space has many qualities described during the codesign.  The participants wanted a space with abundant light for studying, socializing and hanging out. 

The space was to be a communal living room.  Lighting can be controlled.  Books were to be on the walls.  Compare the drawings with the actual space. The mayor, councillors, library board of directors and all the teens who were involved with the design were in attendance. Co-design artists for this youth engagement: Stanley King, Susan Chung, Drew Ferrari, Khorshid Azad-Naderi.  

co-design drawings were proudly displayed

The Mayor, Library board of directors and City officials came to celebrate with the teens