Conversation With Boise Library Architect Moshe Safdie to Stream Live Online, Screen on 'Jump-o-tron' in JUMP Courtyard 

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City of Boise

When the head-turning designs for the new Boise Public Library Main Branch were revealed June 26, a large portion of the credit was given to architect Moshe Safdie. The rest of the credit went to the more than 150 citizens who turned up for so-called "design thinking" workshops, lobbing the renowned draftmaster their brainstorming ideas. Now, Safdie and Boise residents will have a unique opportunity to hear from the world-famous architect, when he travels to Boise to give a lecture at Jump on Friday, Sept. 21.

Tickets to the 7 p.m. lecture sold out quickly, but the City of Boise said in a press release that the event will also be streamed live online at, and broadcast on the "Jump-o-tron," a huge television screen in JUMP's main outdoor courtyard, for public viewing.

Safdie won both the 2015 AIA Gold Medal and the 2016 Cooper Hewitt Lifetime Achievement Award for his work as an architect and city planner, and will speak on his buildings, his process and the impact of his designs on the cities where they've been built. Pulitzer Prize-winning Idaho author Anthony Doerr (All the Light We Cannot See) will lead a Q&A when he wraps, asking questions from citizens, who can submit their queries here.

"We hope that people take away that sense of why a building like this is important, why in the 21st century we need an iconic library," said City of Boise Communications Director Mike Journee, "...but at the same time that they get behind this and support it and, maybe, if they haven't gotten one already, get a library card."

Journee also noted that the event will be recorded, and hopes that the recording will soon be made available to the public who can't watch the livestream, perhaps on the Boise Public Library website
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