The protective hoardings have come down and the gleaming Library of Birmingham, a £188m monolith which stands in the city’s Centenary Square, has formed an indelible new impression on the city’s skyline.
"The way people use a place mirrors expectations."
"Just bring your own contents, and you create a sparkle of the highest power," Anaïs
“Just bring your own contents, and you create a sparkle of the highest power,” Anaïs Nin wrote about the poetics of New York in 1939. But what, exactly, are those contents, and how does a city keep its sparkle?
La Bibliothèque du Boisé à Montréal, comme en Scandinavie et même mieux? __ 1ère partie. Il y a la confiance dans la matière, la vérité du bois, la maîtrise de la lumière, le raffinement du parcours,...
Librarian Maria Escher, left, shows Washington resident Sheyli Tripathi some items - including a bowl and bust of Martin Luther King Jr - produced by a 3D
“Libraries are really transforming themselves into technology hubs,” said Kathryn Zickuhr, a researcher focusing on how Americans use libraries at the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.
Pew’s research shows that while many patrons still want to use libraries to borrow books, they also increasingly think of them as a community space that provides access to technology, Zickuhr said. Eighty percent of Americans say borrowing books is a “very important” service libraries provide, while 77 percent say free access to computers and the Internet is a “very important,” according to a recent Pew report.
The new Library of Birmingham ticks all the boxes as far as so-called landmark architecture is concerned. Designed by Mecanoo, a star international practice. Slightly wild façade. Even more dramatic central atrium, spiralling up through the building.
La Bibliothèque du Boisé à Montréal, comme en Scandinavie et même mieux? __ 2ième partie. Il y a la confiance dans la matière, la vérité du bois, la maîtrise de la lumière, le raffinement du parcours,...
Les enregistrements de la journée d'étudeArchitecture et bibliothèque du 23 mai 2013 sont en ligne. Retrouvez les interventions de Pierre Franqueville, Jean-François Panthéon, Benjamin Colboc, Marie-Hélène Badia et Didier Berger, Clément Blanchet, et Jacques Plante, avec leurs diaporamas.
Maine libraries are searching for innovative ways to deal with the many challenges they are facing today, such as lack of space and budget cuts, which have affected their ability to store legacy print collections.
In our Citizen Placemaker series, we chat with amazing and inspiring people from outside the architecture, planning, and government worlds (the more traditional haunts of Placemakers) whose work exemplifies how creating great places goes far beyond the physical spaces that make up our cities
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