Engaging the community to create the vision for the culturally-resonant library of the 21st century.


Anchorage Library Main Branch (Loussac Library)

Community Engagement × Vision × Architectural Guidelines

Role: Creative Director  
Studio: Bruce Mau Design

The Loussac Library was preparing for a once-in-a-generation renovation of this vital and beloved Anchorage institution. In partnership with RIM architects, we developed an inspiring long-term vision for the facility and design principles that guide all aspects of the renovation.

The success of the project depended on a high-level of community education, involvement, and support during the planning stages — ensuring that major changes to the facility reflect the needs and desires of the people. The team facilitated a multi-pronged engagement strategy consisting of online interaction (surveys and a message board), public workshops with hundreds of attendees, a scenarios visioning process, collaboration with the community task force, and a series of focus group conversations with specific local groups.

The outcomes of these conversations, combined with a study of global trends in library services and the changing nature of information, were synthesized into a compelling new vision for a locally-resonant library of the 21st century. The initial phases of renovation and reprogramming are now underway.