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Public Library/Cooling Center

In New York City, most public library branches must operate as Cooling Centers in the summer months. Currently, this designation means nothing more than that the building is open and air conditioning is turned on.

On the site of a branch library in East Flatbush (Brooklyn’s hottest community district), this project uses biomaterials, thermal mass, and passive strategies to imagine a new public library form - one where cooling and thermal comfort are integral to the design.