After 5 years of hibernation and 6 months of „City School” program, the „Gheorghe Lazăr” library from Militari neighborhood was reopened. „City School” is an applied education program, where the participating students are engaging the authentic urban condition.
After talking with the neighbors, the users and the librarians, we temporarily opened the library, testing several actions and collecting opinions about how a neighborhood library could transform. During the ideas workshop stage, we transformed the information accumulated into planning scenarios.
Partially built during a construction workshop, the layout stressed the main resource of the library identified by the users: the space, left open, with flexible furniture, freed of excessive book shelves. Thus the library could work as a cultural exchange space, a convivial and social space, where the book is a catalyst, without commanding the spatial organization.
The end of the “City School” project is the beginning of the “Gheorghe Lazăr” library in a new formula, as an open site towards its users, where the spatial layout and the design of the activities are left open for the contribution of the users.