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Inspire 555 Public Engagement – future Main Library and Archives Canada consultation

February 28, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Engagement series launched for the design of the Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada joint facility


Ottawa – The year-long engagement process for the design of the new Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada joint facility will kick off tomorrow, February 28, with the first public workshop taking place at Library and Archives Canada.

The evening will be kicked off with remarks from Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson; the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change representing the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage; Ottawa Public Library Board Chair, Tim Tierney; and Samantha Tenasco from Kitigan Zibi.

One hundred and eighty people registered for this sold out workshop to hear Don Schmitt of Diamond Schmitt Architects, the firm retained in partnership with Ottawa’s KWC Architects to design the new facility, explain why this is one of the most exciting sites he has ever worked with. Participants will then be asked to provide feedback on preliminary concepts and to share ideas and explore hands-on how the new joint facility could take shape on the site.

The Inspire555 Series will include include design workshops, pop-up events, expert lectures, online activities and engagement (local and national), and knowledge sharing with Indigenous communities on a variety of design topics, including “Iconic Features and Sustainability”, “Creating a Landmark Destination”, and “Finishing Touches.” A final design will be revealed at the end of 2019.

Date:   Thursday, February 28, 2019

Time:   Registration begins at 6 pm. Formal program starts at 6:30 p.m.

Place:  Pellan Room, Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street (shuttles available from the Lisgar Street entrance of Ottawa City Hall departing at 5:15 and 5:30 pm)



February 28, 2019
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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395 Wellington Street
395 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON Canada
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