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Architecture and Planning students create a new look for Auraria Library

‘Reimaging’ library’s south courtyard

7/24/2012
South coutyard at Auraria Library

By Amanda Heersink | University Communications

DENVER - In recent months the Auraria Library has been undergoing many cosmetic changes, including bringing the restrooms up to code and adding state-of-the-art study rooms. The most recent addition to the library is a 're-imagining' of the south courtyard.


The library partnered with Lori Catalano, senior instructor of landscape architecture in the College of Architecture and Planning, and her summer landscape class to create a new vision for the south courtyard.

The class of six students -- Anastasia Chmel, Xiaojiao Guo, Jennifer Klich, Kristen Ruberg, Lisa Warren and Benjamin Wurzer -- worked with the library staff and campus planners to create the idea for the re-imagined courtyard.

The new design will change the cosmetic look of the courtyard as well as to improve some of the maintenance concerns.

“We are delighted with the outcomes of this learning partnership with landscape architecture," Mary Somerville, university librarian/director said. "All this occurred very quickly, of course, because of the 10-week summer session. Given this short time period, the results are particularly extraordinary.”

After several weeks of planning the students finally carried out their plan which involved cleaning up and removing some plants that will be replaced in the future.

There are even more plans for the future, including adding new furniture, shade coverings and updating the irrigation system. The completion of the first steps was celebrated this morning with a student presentation.​

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Contact: amanda.heersink@ucdenver.edu​

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