Up From Ashes: The Making of the Traverwood Branch

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What goes into building a Library? Concerned with sustainability, the developers of the Traverwood Branch of the AADL took a unique approach to the building process by harvesting hundreds of ash trees devastated by the Emerald Ash Borer and reusing the trees in the construction of the building. 'Up From Ashes,' produced by KDN Films in Madison Heights, Michigan, captures each step of the Traverwood Branch construction process, a process that combined both primitive and modern construction methods.

In this hour-long documentary, director Bill Kubota treats viewers to a behind-the-scenes look at drawing board designs, deadlines, and one-ton draft horses harvesting the lumber. Also captured on film is the anxiety of the development team as design and structure challenges arise and are dealt with.

Length: 56:54
Copyright: Copyright Protected
Rights Held by: KDN Films

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I would like to congratulate

I would like to congratulate everyone who contributed to the success of this project. And a special thank you to the people who had the foresight to capture this building's creation on film to share with a larger audience. I grew up in Ann Arbor and was a frequent visitor to the libraries from a young age. It is wonderful see people taking a risk to try something different, maybe better, for the benefit of the next generation.


This was a very interesting documentary. Personally, I find the Traverwood Branch to be really unattractive, ill-organized and too modern for my taste, but I certainly appreciate the desire to have an environmentally friendly building.

Book Caravan

I very much enjoyed watching all the work that went into building the Traverwood branch. The book caravan at the end made me tear up a bit, what a wonderful way to get the young patrons involved in the move!