The documentary Up From Ashes was recorded between 2005 and 2008, when the Traverwood Branch of the Ann Arbor District Library held its grand opening. The documentary aired statewide in 2009. Up From Ashes was offered for broadcast to public television stations nationwide in June 2011.
Up From Ashes Architects building bridges
In 2009, inFORM studio, the designers of the Traverwood Branch, received the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Michigan and Detroit Honor Awards for the library. In 2010, Cory Lavigne was named AIA Young Architect of the Year for Detroit and the state of Michigan. inFORM has since completed Southwest Detroit’s landmark Bagley Pedestrian Bridge. The inFORM team is now working on the Providence River & Pedestrian Bridge, destined to be a defining structure on that city’s riverfront. inFORM won the competition over firms from New York, Boston, London and Paris.
Josie Parker receives five star award
The Ann Arbor District Library, led by director Josie Parker, continues to receive recognition, earning the Five Star Library Award from Library Journal and the national Voice of the People Awards for Excellence presented by the International City/County Management Association and the National Research Center. AADL Associate Director for Information Technology Eli Neiburger is tops in his field, helping keep the library relevant in the Internet age and shaping the future. He’s been named one of the Library Journal’s 2011 Movers and Shakers.
John Yarema is everywhere
Wood artisan John Yarema is still overextended with his high end marquetry work but had time to create a massive wood mosaic map of the Western Hemisphere for the Norman Foster designed complex for SC Johnson in Racine, WI. He’s also done work for Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in New York.
Closer to home, Yarema recently started another project that will salvage wood from condemned structures in Detroit to make custom furniture of his design.
Traverwood reviews are in
Those documenting green design keep discovering the Traverwood Branch. The New York based Inhabitat website recently reported on the Traverwood Branch on-line. Treehugger and Architect Magazine have filed their reviews.
In 2009, some woodwork in the library had to be refinished after the wrong sealant was used by the maintenance staff. The problem was corrected. But comments from patrons remain quite positive.
KDN on tv and beyond
Bill Kubota of KDN Films directed Up From Ashes. Kubota and producer/director/editor Scott Kemp keep creating programming for television, exhibitions and the web, much of it looking at architecture. Kemp recently finished a series of short exhibition films about British architect James Stirling for the Yale School of Architecture. Kubota was a producer and director of photography for the national television series Beyond the Light Switch, looking at the future of electricity. That series and Up From Ashes originate from Detroit Public TV.