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.
People in Amsterdam may have lately noticed a red metal clip attached to a few public benches. Tucked into the clip one may then find a book, a magazine or a mere flower that is to take, to read and to share.
"From July 28 to September 28, 2013 nine different spots around the city of Amsterdam will daily be supplied with reading material by various sponsors including the city’s public library and newspaper Het Parool, so strollers can enjoy a good read while they wander the many parks the city has to offer. You take whatever is provided, read it, enjoy it, take it home, take it back, swap it for another read or simply add a good read of yours. It is up to you what the Ruilbank can do for you and others. Visit their homepage to see the exact locations and how to find them.
The original idea: "Dead Drops is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. USB flash drives are embedded into walls, buildings and curbs accessable to anybody in public space. Everyone is invited to drop or find files on a dead drop. Plug your laptop to a wall, house or pole to share your favorite files and data."
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
What is the result of a world-famous architect, known for structures like the Centre Pompidou and The New York Times building, unleashing his knowledge and experience of these Herculean constructions on an absolutely tiny self-sustaining mobile home?