At 2:30pm EDT on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, RAMSA Partner Alexander Lamis will present “Fourth Generation Libraries: Expanding their Role as Community Educational Resources,” a 15-minute talk included in the session "Livability Retrofits: How Architecture Matters" moderated by Michael Lykoudis. Additional speakers include Steve Knight, David M. Schwarz Architects; and Julio Cesar Perez, Associate Professor, Notre Dame University.
Mr. Lamis has been involved with RAMSA’s library projects over the past two decades, over twenty projects across the United States from northern Maine to southern California. These include public libraries, university libraries, and a presidential library. Over the last twenty years, RAMSA has been at the forefront of the social and technological developments that have reimagined what a library is and what it can be.
The 57th IMCL conference in Carmel, Indianapolis (June 8-12, 2021) will focus special attention on effective strategies and visionary design solutions to making cities, and especially their suburban areas, healthy and livable for all. Famous for its roundabouts, Carmel offers many other detailed lessons about how to transform a declining suburb into a thriving walkable, diverse town. Among its many innovations are a new bike highway, several new mixed use neighborhoods, numerous new green energy projects, and lively new public spaces adorned with public art. The role of infrastructure in livability will be a major topic of examination at the conference, along with the specifics of implementation.