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Year in Review: 2018

It’s down-right difficult to describe 2018 in one word. “Rewarding,” “challenging,” exciting,” and introspective” are all fine words, but they don’t quite capture the nuances. So, instead of summarizing 2018 with an adjective, here’s what we started, what we finished, what we learned, and what caught our eye(s). Here’s what. Continue reading “Year in Review: 2018” »

Brightwood Branch: The library as “the third place”

“The third place.” Attributed to Ray Oldenburg, the phrase refers to an inclusive, comfortable space that isn’t home (“the first place”) or the office (“the second place”). Informal in nature, the third place encourages individuals to interact, exchange ideas, and have a good time. Coffee shops, neighborhood pubs, fitness centers, and houses of worship are all examples. So, too, are libraries – especially the new Brightwood Branch of the Indianapolis Public Library. Continue reading “Brightwood Branch: The library as “the third place”” »

Design for the Blind: Architecture for the Visually Impaired

Twenty-five-year-old Christopher Meyer was born abroad and spent the first seven years of his life in Canada and Germany. When asked about his childhood, Meyer talks of bread from French bakeries, conversations with native Turks, and silky Italian ice cream. So, when his parents settled in semi-rural Indiana, there was some culture shock. But Meyer – who is legally blind – uses his travel experience to educate others about accessibility. Continue reading “Design for the Blind: Architecture for the Visually Impaired” »

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