As a case study, the Association of Architecture School Librarians’ 39th Annual Conference will explore representations of the city and its built environment across various media. The analogy that Detroit provides for architectural librarianship is that tension between old and new.  When faced with the inevitability of change, how do we acknowledge the past, while welcoming the present?  Just as Detroiters (natives and new blood) are figuring out not only how to coexist but to work together to build a new model of a city; how do our old and new skills, services, and spaces build upon each other to provide a new model for moving forward in architectural librarianship?

The AASL conference will be meeting in conjunction with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture’s (ACSA) 105th Annual Conference.