When my son was in 6th grade, he played in a recreational basketball league. Our outdoor practices were on a court near the Scottsdale Arabian Library. Having just relocated to Arizona, I thought the name was unusual. Billed as the west's most western town, each of Scottsdale's libraries is named after a breed of horse. Recently our hometown library was one of three 2008 IIDA/Metropolis Smart Environments Award winners.
Architects Jim Richärd and Kelly Bauer began work in 2003 on the Arabian Library and balanced the local librarians' desire to create an inviting experience with the community’s desire for a building that responded to the desert setting. The Scottsdale City Council had an interest in completing a LEED-rated project. We are always happy when AutoCAD and other Autodesk products help in creating a sustainable environment.
Recognizing Autodesk's contribution to my own backyard is alive in the lab.