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Virtual Renovation of Potsdam Public Library by Clarkson University Digital Arts & Sciences Students on Display Nov. 6

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A 3D digital design class at Clarkson University has mixed conceptual ideas with real-world applications to provide the Potsdam Public Library with a new vision for the design of a 21st century library interior.

The projects are presented as posters that display architectural wireframe models, 3D flythrough animations, and printed photorealistic rendered images.potsdam-library

Since the goal of the project was not to create designs for a grade, but to create designs for the public to view and discuss, the community is invited to attend the opening reception of "The Potsdam Public Library Virtual Renovation" on Friday, November 6, from 6-8 p.m. at the library. The students will be present for discussion and refreshments will be served.

Through extensive research on both modern and historical libraries, each student designed and modeled their vision of what the interior space of the Potsdam Public Library could look like in the future.

Throughout the process, the students worked closely with Library Director Patricia Musante and Youth Services Librarian Sarah Sachs.

"Mrs. Sachs and I were overwhelmed by the excellent and creative work of the students and we hope the community will join us to give its input," said Musante. "We thank Professor Beck and his gifted students as well as Clarkson University for donating their skills and talents to this community endeavor.

"We do not want the taxpayers to panic about a possible renovation project during this difficult economic time, as we are simply getting ideas and pulling a dream together for the future. We feel confident that this project will help our efforts to raise money through grants and fund-raising activities."

The students utilized a variety of technical data in their research, including the library’s architectural floor plans and unique attributes found in public and university libraries throughout St. Lawrence County.

For more information about Digital Arts & Sciences or questions about the exhibition, contact Dave Beck at or 315-268-4205.

The Digital Arts & Sciences is an interdisciplinary major, which spans the boundaries between the sciences and the arts. Students take advantage of programs in digital art, math, computer science, and communication and media. The program’s objective is to combine the artistic and scientific skills and interests to develop creative talent, with strong technical foundation. Graduates from this program pursue careers in media such as product design, video games, film, graphic design, animation, web design, and architecture.

Serving the greater Potsdam community since 1896, the Potsdam Public Library is one of the busiest and highest circulating libraries in the North Country region. After many years of building its services, collection and patron base, the library’s ongoing vision has expanded to include its physical space, creating an inviting and efficient community center.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: A 3D digital design class at Clarkson University has produced designs of possible new library interiors for the Potsdam Public Library. Above, student Duncan Fowler has redesigned the library to pay tribute to its history as well as architectural design.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or]

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