1st Place Joshua Antolovic University of Cincinnati
2nd Place Ambikesh Mishra Penn State University
3rd Place Rachel Coulomb University of Cincinnati
Citation Mariela Ortiz-Pérez University of Cincinnati
Merit Alan Brooker University of Cincinnati
Merit Hailey Pinkerton University of Cincinnati
Merit Julián A. Román Fuentes University of Cincinnati
Merit David Sweere University of Arkansas
Poster 053016

Branch Library at Audubon Terrace

The 2017 Lyceum Competition focused around the public library as our most democratic institution, its foundational goals to make educational opportunity available to all and to serve as civic center for its community. As such, it is a bridge between immediate local needs and broader public ideals.

The project was a small branch library, essentially today’s equivalent of the historic Carnegie Libraries. The site on Audubon Terrace in Manhattan, between 155th and 156th Streets on Broadway, is one of change and need. Once a home of the upper class and elite, by the late 20th century it had fallen prey to crime and urban decay. Today this is a community of hope, with a great deal to be done. The library facility is aspirational and will begin to bridge what appears to be an abyss separating past and future.

The project must negotiate between two levels of public access: 156th Street, which will serve as the library’s neighborhood entrance; and Audubon Terrace, an ennobled space, raised above and separated from the street.

Participating Schools:

City College of New York         

Georgia Institute of Technology

Miami University, OH

Penn State University

University of Arkansas

University of Cincinnati

University of Hawaii, Manoa

University of Nebraska, Lincoln

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

University of Texas, Austin

Wentworth Institute of Technology

Woodbury University