Mayor de Blasio announced his initiative to provide universal, free pre-kindergarten for all eligible children in NYC. In order to make enough seats available, the city must engage more community-based organizations. Branch libraries have been identified as ideal locations for UPK because of the existing programmatic synergies. AIANY hosted a design charette, organized by AIANY and the NYC Department of Design + Construction (DDC) and sponsored by AIANY Committee on Architecture for Education that explored how seven library branches in all five boroughs can accommodate UPK by fulfilling the City’s varied requirements. This interdisciplinary exercise brought together representatives from the three NYC libraries, relevant city agencies, non-profit organizations, and architects.

For DDC and AIANY, the charette started an essential conversation. Architects and city officials began thinking about the possibilities. Download helpful documents and resources here.


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