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west, and sparser areas to the east and north. The collaborative process demonstrates an intentional embrace of patterns that are not only functional, but integrated into the design. 06 Sightlines allow for transparency between spaces, and between interior and exterior. This fosters connectedness and a feeling of community, and allows natural light to penetrate deep into the space—something the library staff appreciate, as daylight reaches even the few interior rooms. But transparency can also contribute to a feeling of being watched. In this sense, the library might not have been as successful in an urban setting, where patrons may have felt exposed to gazes from adjacent sidewalks. But here in Brampton, seats by the windows of the quiet reading atrium are truly peaceable, with views of the greenery at the edge of the ravine, and of passing traffic. It works because of the suburban nature of the site, with most people arriving by car. Lexi Sensicle, the Springdale Library Branch Manager, told me that the library has been successful in creating connections between comSECTION 1-1

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munities. One example, says Sensicle, is when students from a local high school visited the library to learn about sustainability in architecture, and saw the maker-space as part of the tour. Later, the school 06 fostered a connection with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), who needed access to a 3D printer as part of a conservation effort. The TRCA ended up printing 3D snapping turtles and painted turtles at the library, for placement in safe nesting spaces around Brampton’s Heart Lake Conservation Park. The Springdale Library is targeting LEED G old certification. A significant part of its application is for the incorporation of geothermal energy. Other sustainable features include daylight sensors, lowwattage light fixtures, charging stations for electric cars, low-E doubleglazed glass, a partial green roof (the rest is painted white), and use of greywater in the landscape. The park, designed by NAK Design Strategies in close collaboration with the architects, is a conceptual and functional extension of the SITE SECTION

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