On Saturday, April 6, 2013, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm and again on Tuesday, April 16 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, the public is invited to view the University of Oregon School of Architecture programing class presentations on ideas for a renovated library. The posters will be shown in the Flag Room on both days. The Astoria City Council prepared a draft goal for the 2013-2014 fiscal year which states: "continue with development of plans for renovation of the Astor Library". It is hoped that the student work will assist in preliminary dialogue as to what the community desires in the future.
In October, 2012, Yosa Huggins, an adjunct professor of the University of Oregon School of Architecture, contacted the City regarding the use of a potential library renovation as a practical exercise for an architectural programming class she taught. The city accepted, with City Councilors, Library Advisory Board members and city library staff participating in meetings with the class. Architectural programming concerns itself with adjacencies of uses and general layout. Programming does not include design work, although enthusiastic class members did provide some design elements in order to present their concepts.
The University of Oregon School of Architecture Program Class students visited the Library on October 13, 2012, participating in a tour of the library and surrounding blocks. In the afternoon, a visioning session was held with City Councilors, Library Advisory Board members, ALFA representatives, city staff and library staff.
In November 2012, members of the City Council, Library Advisory Board, city staff and library staff attended the student presentations in Portland. The products from the presentations, which consists of panels each group shared and a sixth panel showing the best of the five student presentations, will be on view Saturday, April 6 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm and again on Tuesday, April 16, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
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