Building Matters: Rainwater "Borrowing"

Wednesday May 4, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

Water is our most natural resource, yet harvesting and using it in buildings is one of our most complicated ordinances.

Learn how rainwater has historically been used in buildings, how other areas of the country are slowly starting to make net-zero-water buildings a reality, and what opportunities Ann Arbor has to be a water leader.

Jessica A.S. Letaw enjoys working on, thinking over, and telling stories about architecture. Her past day jobs included design/build and construction firms. She lives in Ann Arbor with her rescue hound, Henry, and keeps herself out of trouble by volunteering for the Ann Arbor Summer Festival and other local events. She enjoys reading, gardening, and well-made White Russians.

Ann Arbor Women Artists' 2016 Spring Exhibit

Now through April 29, 2016 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

Ann Arbor Women Artists is a non-profit organization of approximately 330 women and men with connections to Ann Arbor, ranging from beginning to professional artists. The purpose of the AAWA is to stimulate creative expression and sharing among its members in order to continually raise the quality of the art produced.

Each calendar year the AAWA holds two or three juried shows. A juror is invited to select from a large group of submissions a final show that is a reflection of the body of work produced by the membership which ranges from beginning to professional artists.

AIA 2016 Honor Awards

Now through April 14, 2016 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit

As part of its commitment to advancing the contemporary understanding of architecture, the Huron Valley chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Huron Valley) announced the recipients of its 2016 Honor Awards Program at its awards ceremony at the Bentley Historical Library on October 23, 2015.

The goal of the Honor Awards Program is to enhance public awareness of architecture through the advocacy of quality design and to recognize excellence and leadership of architects in the Huron Valley area.

The 2016 AIA Honor Awards exhibit consists of twenty-eight projects displayed on photo panels, designed by registered Architects practicing in the Huron Valley Chapter area (Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, and Washtenaw Counties) that were submitted for consideration by an independent jury. Ten of the projects were selected by the jury to receive a merit-based Honor Award for the demonstration of skill and sensitivity in the resolution of aesthetic, functional and technical requirements and/or the advancement of the contemporary understanding of architecture.

A Walk In The World: Pathways of Artistic Exploration in the Waldorf Curriculum from Early Childhood to Grade 12

Now through April 14, 2016 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases and Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

This exhibit provides a glimpse of the rich and varied artwork created at the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor.

In Waldorf Education the arts are an essential part of an interdisciplinary curriculum. Students work with a wide range of media and are given ample time to bring character to their art.

This year the artwork featured in the lower level showcases includes a display of puppetry arts. The puppet shows performed in the vibrant Early Childhood program at the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor are a magical and soothing way to bring stories to life for young children. Puppets are all hand-crafted by the Early Childhood teachers, who also carefully select stories that are developmentally appropriate and culturally diverse.

Building Matters: Net Metering

Wednesday April 6, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

Michigan is one of several states currently discussing net metering and 11 other states are also debating this issue. How much do you know? In some ways, this amounts to a coal v. solar smack down.

Let’s discuss the technology, science, and political implications of this model of energy generation and distribution.

Jessica A.S. Letaw enjoys working on, thinking over, and telling stories about architecture. Her past day jobs included design/build and construction firms. She lives in Ann Arbor with her rescue hound, Henry, and keeps herself out of trouble by volunteering for the Ann Arbor Summer Festival and other local events. She enjoys reading, gardening, and well-made White Russians.

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Health Insurance Options for Michiganders: Why You Should Get it and How!

Wednesday December 2, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

Do you have health insurance? Did you know that 70% of people can get health insurance for less than $50 a month? Come learn more about your health insurance options at this event, led by representatives of the Washtenaw Health Initiative.

This session will provide information about health insurance options and will also provide information to refer community members to services that can directly enroll people into the coverage they’re eligible for.

The Washtenaw Health Initiative is a voluntary, county-wide collaboration focused on how to improve access to coordinated care for the uninsured and low-income and Medicaid populations. The effort includes representatives from the University of Michigan Health System, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, health plans, county government, community services, physicians, and safety net providers. More than 80 organizations and 180 individuals participate.

City Of Ann Arbor 2016 Sustainable Ann Arbor Forum: Looking to the Future: Ann Arbor in 2025

Thursday April 7, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

Join the conversation about sustainability in Ann Arbor as the City and the Ann Arbor District Library host their annual Sustainable Ann Arbor series. The series will include four events (held monthly through April) with each focusing on a different element of sustainability from Ann Arbor’s Sustainability Framework.

The last event in this series centers on Ann Arbor in 2025, including conversations about local challenges and solutions on Ann Arbor’s path to a more sustainable future.

A think tank of local stakeholders including representatives from community organizations, staff from both the City of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County will join the public to discuss local sustainability efforts and challenges in our community. Each program will include a series of short presentations followed by a question and answer session.

The forums offer an opportunity to learn more about sustainability in the community and tips for actions that residents can take to live more sustainably.

Speakers include:
- Moderator, Josie Parker, Director of the Ann Arbor Library;
- Teresa Gillotti, Communication and Policy Specialist, Washtenaw County Department of Community and Economic Development;
- Xuan Liu, Manager of Research, SEMCOG;
- Susan Pollay, Executive Director, Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority;
- Sue Zielinski, Managing Director of SMART at the U-M Transport Research Institute.

Details of this series will be posted online on The City of Ann Arbor's Sustainability site. For information and videos from current and past Sustainable Ann Arbor Forums, please visit the City’s Sustainability website.

City Of Ann Arbor 2016 Sustainable Ann Arbor Forum: Land Use and Access

Thursday March 3, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

Join the conversation about sustainability in Ann Arbor as the City and the Ann Arbor District Library host their annual Sustainable Ann Arbor series. The series will include four events (held monthly through April) with each focusing on a different element of sustainability from Ann Arbor’s Sustainability Framework.

The third event in this series centers on Land Use and Access, including discussions about regional transit, sustainability planning in transportation systems, and Ann Arbor’s latest bicycle and pedestrian projects.

A think tank of local stakeholders including representatives from community organizations, staff from both the City of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County will join the public to discuss local sustainability efforts and challenges in our community. Each program will include a series of short presentations followed by a question-and-answer session.

The forums offer an opportunity to learn more about sustainability in the community and tips for actions that residents can take to live more sustainably.

Speakers for the Land Use discussion include:

o Moderator, Mayor Chris Taylor;
o Matt Carpenter, CEO of TheRide, will talk about their sustainability plan and “more buses” campaign;
o Eli Cooper, Ann Arbor Transportation Program Manager, will discuss current bicycle, pedestrian, and transit projects in Ann Arbor;
o Michael Ford, CEO of the Southeast Michigan Regional Transit Authority, will share information about about the new agency and their Regional Transit Master Plan;
o Sean Reed, Executive Director of Clean Energy Coalition, will discuss ArborBike.

Details of this series will be posted online on The City of Ann Arbor's Sustainability site. For information and videos from current and past Sustainable Ann Arbor Forums, please visit the City’s Sustainability website..

City of Ann Arbor 2016 Sustainable Ann Arbor Forum: Resource Management

Thursday February 4, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

Join the conversation about sustainability in Ann Arbor as the City and the Ann Arbor District Library host their annual Sustainable Ann Arbor series. The series will include four events (held monthly through April) with each focusing on a different element of sustainability from Ann Arbor’s Sustainability Framework.

The second event in this series centers on Resource Management, including discussions about improving Ann Arbor’s waste diversion rate and community-wide efforts to reduce different waste streams.

A think tank of local stakeholders including representatives from community organizations, staff from both the City of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County will join the public to discuss local sustainability efforts and challenges in our community. Each program will include a series of short presentations followed by a question and answer session.

The forums offer an opportunity to learn more about sustainability in the community and tips for actions that residents can take to live more sustainably.

Speakers for the Resource Management discussion include:

o Roger Bowser, Managing Partner, Zingerman's
o Eileen Spring, President and CEO, Food Gatherers
o Noelle Bowman, Solid Waste Specialist, Washtenaw County
o Tracy Artley, Sustainability Programs Coordinator, U-M Plant Building & Grounds Services
o Matt Naud, Environmental Coordinator, City of Ann Arbor

Details of this series will be posted online on The City of Ann Arbor's Sustainability site. For information and videos from current and past Sustainable Ann Arbor Forums, please visit the City’s Sustainability website.

Author and U-M Planning Expert Fred Mayer Discusses His New Book “A Setting For Excellence: The Story of the Planning and Development of the Ann Arbor Campus of the University of Michigan”

Monday November 23, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

Find out more about U-M architectural history and how the Michigan campus evolved when former U-M University Planner Fred Mayer visits AADL to discuss his book, recently published by University of Michigan Press: Setting For Excellence: The Story of the Planning and Development of the Ann Arbor Campus of the University of Michigan. This event includes a book signing and books will be for sale.

While there are times when the mix of old and new buildings and the chaotic activities of thousands of students can give a haphazard appearance to the university, campus planning has in fact become a highly refined form of architecture. This is demonstrated in a convincing fashion by this immensely informative and entertaining history of the evolution of the campuses of the University of Michigan.

By tracing the development of the Michigan campus from its early days to the present, within the context of the evolution of higher education in America, Mayer provides a strong argument for the importance of rigorous and enlightened campus planning as a critical element of the learning environment of the university. His comprehensive history of campus planning, illustrated with photos, maps, and diagrams from Michigan’s history, is an outstanding contribution to the university’s history as it approaches its bicentennial in 2017. Perhaps more important, Mayer’s book provides a valuable treatise on the evolution of campus planning as an architectural discipline.

Frederick W. Mayer was the University Planner for the University of Michigan from 1968 to 2003 and served as the campus planner for the university during an important period of its growth during the late twentieth century. A Henry Rutgers scholar at Rutgers and a Sears Fellow in City Planning at Cornell, Fred was a founding member of the Society for College and University Planning, and editor of Planning for Higher Education. He has written numerous articles and lectured extensively on the subject of college and university planning.

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