On January 5th, 2019, all of the schools in the Van Arsdale campus joined together for a good cause. Students from WHSAD, Brooklyn Prep., and Williamsburg Prep met to discuss the redesign of the V.A. library. The library as of now is outdated and has been in dire need of restoration. All the students proposals for what they wanted in a school library. Students then discussed with each other and offered valid and respectable criticism of their designs. This reflection is an essential part of any design proposal as all those involved get to each have a say in what choices will be made. This helps not only to please everyone but also to represent a wider audience in the design of the library.
Mr. Codio, WHSAD’s Senior Architecture teacher, had this to say about the library redesign: “Students from all three schools came together to pitch in their ideas for the proposal. They looked at what the library looked like right now and what it could possibly look like in the future, especially in terms of new technology. A big aspect of this project is the incorporation of all three schools into the entire design process. The library belongs to the all three schools and it is only fair that the redesign is conscious of that by including all three schools. It is as much of A&D’s project as it is WP, and BP alike.”
Chamonte Greenfield said this about the redesign: “The redesign was an amazing idea because it incorporated all three schools into a collaborative project to better the school. It was nice seeing the schools work together for the project, which is a new experience for many of us.”
WHSAD senior, Brandon Ortega, writes, “The school library is dull, messy, and doesn’t even look like a library. For that reason, students from each school in the building are working together to design a new library. I’m one of the students working on the project to renovate the library, and we met on Saturday to research other libraries so that we could come up with ideas for the design of the new library. Working on the project is an interesting experience because I rarely get to interact with the other schools in the building. We all had to work together to measure the library. After, we all presented the ideas we had for the new library. It was a productive meeting and there were many creative suggestions for the new library.”