This month we write about our multi-use future – a future where streets must do more than carry cars, where libraries hold not just books, but the spaces for learning, connection and resiliency, and where we repower our buildings so that they not only save us energy but create new pathways for middle class careers. The future we describe in the articles to follow is a place where infrastructure has to perform multiple tasks and provide multiple benefits. It is a place where information technology changes the very form of that most basic of city spaces – the venerable public library – and in so doing evolves that institution into serving an even greater role as the connective tissue, sanctuary and porthole of opportunity for our communities. We see a multi-use future that also puts job training and job creation at the center of a more ecologically balanced and technologically advanced society so that all may share in the benefits of truly sustainable development.
Cecilia V. Estolano | Jennifer LeSar | Katherine A. Perez-Estolano