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What is a library? « Rachel Marsden's Words

What is a library? « Rachel Marsden's Words | Library design and architecture | Scoop.it
The library is located in a neighborhood of the city predominantly inhabited by migrant workers, where it creates a welcoming space for reading, browsing and socializing. It was designed by architect Yoav Meiri with a unique ...
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Before & After: The Rental-Friendly Paint Trick That Transforms A Room

Before & After: The Rental-Friendly Paint Trick That Transforms A Room | Library design and architecture | Scoop.it
An outdated San Francisco library gets a modern, polished redesign
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While the white painted spines catch the eye and remind me of an art piece as Tasmania's MONA gallery - I couldn't do it myself...

I'd never find the books I wanted!

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Designing Your Library for Interactivity - Library Journal

Designing Your Library for Interactivity - Library Journal | Library design and architecture | Scoop.it
Designing Your Library for Interactivity Library Journal As libraries around the world embrace rapid technological changes, they're offering services and resources—like maker-spaces and collaborative computing—that would have been flights of fancy...
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A fabulour library design panel to sit in on. As I'm not in teh US in November... I will file away the names for googling and inspiration later!

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Conarte Children's Library & Cultural Center |

Conarte Children's Library & Cultural Center | | Library design and architecture | Scoop.it
Conarte Children's Library & Cultural Center (ARCHITECTURE / DESIGN : Bibliothèque pour enfant ! Cool ! http://t.co/9h8SnAjdqA)
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Bright, colourful, and invites children to use the spaces as they like!

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University libraries of the 21st century – in pictures

University libraries of the 21st century – in pictures | Library design and architecture | Scoop.it
We invited you to help us document the university library of the 21st century.
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Such a wide range of library looks; my preference is for the modern, but there are some classics here too.

Also check out http://www.deakin.edu.au/library/campus-libraries/see-inside.php ;

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Designs unveiled for new public library in Iraq

Designs unveiled for new public library in Iraq | Library design and architecture | Scoop.it
British-Iraqi firm AMBS Architects designs first public library to be built in Iraq since the 1970s as part of Youth City masterplan.
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Looks like it will be fabulous - completely worth an international tour of libraries!

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Libraries; maintaining a role in the digital world - ABC Online

Libraries; maintaining a role in the digital world - ABC Online | Library design and architecture | Scoop.it
Libraries; maintaining a role in the digital world
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By Design's Janne Ryan spoke with architecture critic Elizabeth Farrelly and architect Tone Wheeler about the powerful connection between knowledge and the design of libraries.
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I loved this piece about libraries, architecture and design. Some fantastic examples of public architecture, and reference to what modern consumers/clients are comfortable and uncomfortable with.

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Vannesla library by Helen & Ward architects

Vannesla library by Helen & Ward architects | Library design and architecture | Scoop.it
The architects of studio Helen & Ward (founded by Siv Helen Stangeland and Reinhard Kropf) have designed a library in Vennesla, Norway, according to principles of relational design.
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Climb This Mountain of Books - The Atlantic Cities

Climb This Mountain of Books - The Atlantic Cities | Library design and architecture | Scoop.it
The Atlantic CitiesClimb This Mountain of BooksThe Atlantic CitiesThe flashy architecture was conceived as a way to address the community's 10 percent illiteracy rate. < So much to like about this: the library of course, the environmental inclusions, and the light of design.
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New school system in Sweden is eliminating classrooms entirely | Impact Lab

New school system in Sweden is eliminating classrooms entirely | Impact Lab | Library design and architecture | Scoop.it
Telefonplan School, in Stockholm Sweden has  new school system that is  eliminating all of its classrooms in favor of an environment that fosters... < I'd love to see what they've done with their library, their classrooms look fabulous!
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National Endowment for the Humanities announces award to build “library of the future” | National Endowment for the Humanities

National Endowment for the Humanities announces award to build “library of the future” | National Endowment for the Humanities | Library design and architecture | Scoop.it

"a groundbreaking project that seeks to digitize and bring together the contents of our nation’s libraries and archives, and make them freely available to all online."

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United House completes Clapham' spiral-shaped library building - World Interior Design Network

United House completes Clapham' spiral-shaped library building - World Interior Design Network | Library design and architecture | Scoop.it
United House completes Clapham' spiral-shaped library buildingWorld Interior Design NetworkUK-based developer United House has completed construction of a new £6.5 million ($10.23 million) spiral-shaped community library in Clapham in south west...
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Take the Lane: A bookish bike rack

Take the Lane: A bookish bike rack | Library design and architecture | Scoop.it
A rather creative turn on a bicycle rack from the new South End Library branch of the Greater Sudbury Public Library.
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Upside-down Cafe Looks Like a Library, Flipped On Its Side

Upside-down Cafe Looks Like a Library, Flipped On Its Side | Library design and architecture | Scoop.it
A reading theme is perfect for cafes filled with bookish patrons cradling cups of cappuccino.
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Embracing Austin, Inside and Out | Library By Design - Library Journal

Embracing Austin, Inside and Out | Library By Design - Library Journal | Library design and architecture | Scoop.it
Library Journal Embracing Austin, Inside and Out | Library By Design Library Journal With a rooftop reading garden and reading porches on three floors, the new Austin Central Library, TX, in the city's downtown will embrace the community's love...
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Love it! "Keep Austin weird"... appealing to the community's pride, and plenty of green planning.

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Happy Birthday, Robarts Library: Canada's best bit of brutalism is 40 - Treehugger

Happy Birthday, Robarts Library: Canada's best bit of brutalism is 40 - Treehugger | Library design and architecture | Scoop.it
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Brutalist architecture is not very popular these days. The concrete in them has barely cured through, yet they are under threat everywhere.
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I love brutalist architecture.. and there are some great shots of this 40 year old library inside and out, on the web.

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The global rise of the super library

The global rise of the super library | Library design and architecture | Scoop.it

Biblioteca Vasconcelos, Seattle Central, Kanazawa Umimirai, Spijkenisse and Birmingham super-libraries explored (Crack open the Borges. Five non-imaginary libraries to ignite flights of fancy.) As the £189m Library of Birmingham opens its doors, it joins a new breed of international "super library". Architecture, design and technology are changing the way the library functions as a space. They have evolved to reflect modern attitudes to books, and how people consume the written word. With The Culture Show architecture critic Tom Dyckhoff, BBC Arts explores five of the world's most impressive public libraries.


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Some beautiful and inspiring spaces to read, meet and connect. What great books will be written inside these spaces, I wonder?

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Karen du Toit's curator insight, September 6, 2013 8:01 AM
5 Super Libraries!
nickcarman's curator insight, September 9, 2013 12:43 AM

A brief review of super libraries around the world in the wake of the opening of the library of Birmingham.

wildswans's curator insight, September 17, 2013 10:34 PM

Absolutely love the "book hill". What fasinates me is how relationships between the outside space and inside space is interpreted. A book opens up a whole new world - therefore the inside is bigger than the ouside. And perhaps, interior physical spaces should also create that kind of expansive feeling, which draws people in.

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Home - Library of Birmingham

Home - Library of Birmingham | Library design and architecture | Scoop.it
Home (Pattern in architecture: Birmingham's new & opulent library set to open its doors next month!
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I'd love to read more about this - looks v cool architecture!

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Abandoned Turkish Bath Transformed Into Pop-Up LIbrary - PSFK

Abandoned Turkish Bath Transformed Into Pop-Up LIbrary - PSFK | Library design and architecture | Scoop.it
A 16th century hammam became a temporary archive hall for the Center for Contemporary Art of Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
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I would love to have this in my workplace or home! The timber, the lighting, the AWESOMENESS!!

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wildswans's curator insight, May 13, 2013 11:44 PM

I just love the idea of pop-up libraries!

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BTR Architects Eden Prairie Library

BTR Architects Eden Prairie Library | Library design and architecture | Scoop.it

When a big box supermarket in Eden Prairie, Minnesota went out of business, locals didn’t let the oversized building stay vacant for long. <I scooped back in July about McAllen, Texas converting a Walmart into a library. Here is another re-purposed supermarket. I love what they've done with the internals and ceiling lines!

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Could Libraries Become Precinct Hubs? - DesignBuild Source

Could Libraries Become Precinct Hubs?DesignBuild SourceWhile these spaces are important as community hubs, libraries are taking on a growing role in the world of architecture.
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ARM reveals bold new dome design for Geelong library - Architecture and Design

ARM reveals bold new dome design for Geelong library - Architecture and Design | Library design and architecture | Scoop.it
ARM reveals bold new dome design for Geelong libraryArchitecture and DesignA unique dome design by ARM Architecture has been unveiled, revealing what will be the new $45 million Geelong Library and Heritage Centre.
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Pharrell Williams, Perspective (black) 2008 Courtesy: Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin Miami / Paris et Domeau & Pérès Paris

Pharrell Williams, Perspective (black) 2008 Courtesy: Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin Miami / Paris et Domeau & Pérès Paris | Library design and architecture | Scoop.it
Pharrell Williams, Perspective (black) 2008 Courtesy: Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin Miami / Paris et Domeau & Pérès Paris...

< I can just imagine a select reading loung with these chairs. Totally cool and eye-catching!

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‘Vegetal Chair’ by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

‘Vegetal Chair’ by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec | Library design and architecture | Scoop.it
In 2008, French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec created the ‘Vegetal Chair’. The Breton-born brothers, are the rising stars of European design and the most promising industrial designers to have ...

<I do love a quirky chair in libraries!

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20 Gorgeous Library Designs - Enlightening Structures ...

20 Gorgeous Library Designs - Enlightening Structures ... | Library design and architecture | Scoop.it
A photography series was revealed by a German based photographer, Christoph Seelbach, titled 'Bibliotheken' meaning 'libraries'. The photographer captures the royal and grand interior designs of extravagant and lavishly ...
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Public Library. Ofunato Civic Center and Library / Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design

Public Library. Ofunato Civic Center and Library / Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design | Library design and architecture | Scoop.it
© Taisuke Ogawa Architects: Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design Location: Sakari-cho, Ofunato city, Iwate, Japan Design Team: Chiaki Arai, Ryoichi (Ofunato Civic Center and Library / Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design: © Taisuke ... Good pics.
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