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America’s most beautiful college libraries

America’s most beautiful college libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
With concerts, art exhibits and cafes, these buildings inspire more than just study sessions.
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Inspirational college library buildings!

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Libraries and Their Landscapes - Library Journal

Libraries and Their Landscapes - Library Journal | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Cicero was suggesting a garden in the library, where he could spend his time in a natural setting, reading, writing, and conversing with his colleagues. This ancient idea can also apply to contemporary thinking about libraries and their landscapes. How do we thoughtfully place a library in the landscape? And how can we create outdoor spaces that work in concert with the library interior?

When a new public library is planned, it is not only the design that must be considered. The placement of the building in its setting (its landscape) and the design of the landscape together with the building are fundamental parts of the planning process. Unfortunately, architectural endeavors sometimes focus almost exclusively on the building itself. How the building might relate to its setting is often an afterthought. As a result, important opportunities to enhance both the building and its site are overlooked.
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The use of landscape when designing and developing a public library > various examples are shown!

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The 10 Most Beautiful Libraries in the United States - Mental Floss

The 10 Most Beautiful Libraries in the United States - Mental Floss | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Jill Harness:

"We already looked at libraries in all the major continents, but there were so many great ones in the United States that the article featuring libraries in North America had to leave many beautiful buildings out. Now’s the time to share some of the stunning libraries that might not make it in the top 10 of North America, but definitely deserve your attention."

Read the full text here: http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/148866#ixzz2AlsgqzQI


--brought to you by mental_floss!

 

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Could Libraries Become Precinct Hubs? - DesignBuild Source

Could Libraries Become Precinct Hubs? - DesignBuild Source | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"When considering the design and function of precinct developments, thoughts often naturally run to bars, cafés, sporting venues and theatres. While these spaces are important as community hubs, libraries are taking on a growing role in the world of architecture.
Library developments have gained prominence in recent months, with home developers and interior designers placing heavy importance on private libraries and commercial and government entities investing heavily in the development of public library spaces."


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8 Lovely Libraries in Australia and New Zealand - Mental Floss

8 Lovely Libraries in Australia and New Zealand - Mental Floss | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Jill Harness:

We've covered Europe's, Asia's, Africa's, North America's and South America's most beautiful libraries; now it's time to take a look at Australia and, while it isn't technically a part of the continent, New Zealand as well.""

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New German Stuttgart Library: The Future of Library Design? | Yaminatoday - A Literary Blog That Entertains & Educates

New German Stuttgart Library: The Future of Library Design? | Yaminatoday - A Literary Blog That Entertains & Educates | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

[...] "thanks to korean-born, germany-based architect eun young yi this new cubic facility, influenced by the structure and organization of the ancient pantheon, just may be the future of library architecture – at least in Europe. As featured on Designboom.com, the multi-storied space apparently draws in natural light through the roof."


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lelapin's comment, August 17, 2012 2:15 AM
I'm not too sure future libraries will look like the one the picture the speed at which books tend to be replaced by digital versions.
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Flavorwire » 10 Wonderful Libraries Repurposed from Unused Structures

Flavorwire » 10 Wonderful Libraries Repurposed from Unused Structures | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @randomhousekids: 10 Wonderful Libraries Repurposed from Unused Structures http://t.co/NCYGpo3w via @flavorpill...

 

By Emily Temple:

"Last week, the internet went crazy for an abandoned Walmart in McAllen, Texas, that was recently converted into the country’s largest single story library, winning its category in the 2012 Library Interior Design Competition in the process. Inspired, we went on the hunt for other libraries that were born from unused and abandoned structures, from the large (drill halls and supermarkets) to the small (phone booths and shipping containers). After all, what better way to recycle just about anything than to turn it into a center for knowledge?"

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Have a look at the future Kirkintilloch library

Have a look at the future Kirkintilloch library | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
THIS is how Kirkintilloch’s popular library will look in three months time.

 

"The library area’s floor space will be reduced and a customer services zone created – including interview and meeting rooms, self-service computers, telephone and enquiry booths, and customer service pods.

The revamped library will feature a new children’s section, a cafe, a study group area and learning suite, free Internet access and a self-service point where users can check books in and out.

A central seating area, staffed desks, self-service payment kiosks and a multi-media display are also part of the plans."


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11 Fabulous Libraries in South America - Mental Floss

11 Fabulous Libraries in South America - Mental Floss | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Jill Harness:

"11 Fabulous Libraries in South America

Last week we toured some of Europe's most beautiful libraries. Now let's see what South America has to offer."

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Information Architecture: Designing Libraries in the Digital Age > e-Oculus

By Murrye Bernard, LEED AP

Event: Libraries: Between Digital and Physical Worlds
Location: Center for Architecture, 04.04.12

 

"Both architects and librarians must answer the question of how we can integrate information architecture with physical architecture, according to Tula Giannini, PhD., Dean and Professor, School of Information & Library Science, Pratt Institute, who considers herself a “digital scholar.” These days, everyone wants to capture information with their cameras and scanners, and she believes that libraries should support that creative process. Carol A. Mandel, Dean of the Division of Libraries, New York University, believes that ultimately, “a library is about connecting people with knowledge, and that’s what architects should design for, whether that means books or digital files.” All panelists agreed with Holl’s assessment that a library “doesn’t have to look like a library, but it should be an inspiring space.”

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Stuttgart City Library

Stuttgart City Library | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
This fabulous open-plan library, designed by Korean architect Eun Young Yi, is located in Stuttgart, Germany and counts a total of 11 floors.
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London super libraries defy public spending cuts

London super libraries defy public spending cuts | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Petter Lundsgren:

"As hundreds of libraries are threatened with closure across the UK, three new London super libraries buck the trend in time for National Libraries Day."

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Library Love: Library Spaces In A Virtual World

Library Love: Library Spaces In A Virtual World | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Stephanie Bonjack

Here’s my theory: the proliferation of "shoppes" and "towne centers" may have satisfied a need (or collective desire) for designer sunglasses, fusion restaurants, and relaxing places to drink coffee, but commercial spaces will never satisfy all of the needs that a library can address. A great library has the potential to serve as a community hub, where resources and services intersect with work, learning, and culture. A space designed to facilitate such interactions while making the patron feel something – inspired, creative, curious – cannot be replicated commercially.

Image: Jose Vasconcelos Library


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Good argument for saving libraries!

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Ambient Exchange: Helsinki Library - eVolo | Architecture Magazine

Ambient Exchange: Helsinki Library - eVolo | Architecture Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Libraries are increasingly the places in which culture is produced, collected and disseminated. The Ambient Exchange designed by Synthetiques & minus Architecture studio {MAS} promotes a culture of collaboration, creative inquiry and community engagement through provision of functional and exuberant spaces that engage the strong social and craft-oriented traditions of the Finnish built environment.
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Truly inspiring concept and use of space for the community in a library!

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Vannesla library by Helen & Ward architects

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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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architects of Helen & Ward, who designed a multifunctional library in Vennesla, whose interiors resemble the belly of an enormous wooden whale.

The new library incorporates a cafè, meeting places, an administrative area and connects a learning center to a pre-existing community house according to principles of relational design.

A large glass façade, an external loggia which dialogues with the urban environment and an internal passage make the center a place that is open to the public, easily accessible and hospitable.

The project is supported by a veritable skeleton composed of 27 "ribs", hybrid elements that fuse structure, infrastructure, furniture and interiors in a single architectural element.

Each "rib" is an acoustic-absorbent multilayered and multifunctional panel, from which the air ducts and columns pass. The modules serve also as niches, lighting covers and tables. An idea that won the library a class A standing for its low energy consumption according to Norvegian standards."


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7 of the coolest libraries in the world

7 of the coolest libraries in the world | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Introducing some of the most interesting places to read and roam.

 

"And yes, they do come with books. How cool can libraries be in an era of iPads and Kindles? Check out these seven libraries, graphically described, and the reasons why :

Central Library in Seattle

Trinity College Library in Dublin

UC San Diego's Geisel Library

TU Delft Library in the Netherlands

Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria, Egypt

Stuttgart City Library

Bishan Public Library, Singapore"


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What is the future of the library? YouTube video

"This thesis won the National Corobrik Architectural Thesis Award 2010. I have made the entire Thesis Document available for download here: http://www.activeingredient.org/pdf/Everywhere%20is%20Here%20-%202009.pdf


This architectural animation explores the question of the role of the public library when digital information is everywhere and is everything. What happens to the spaces of books? and how should traditional spaces of information change for a digital world? Even better... in the developing world, how could the library nurture an information society, when people don't have access at home? Could the future of the library be an urban information bar? or a theatre of knowledge? and what does that really mean anyway?

 

This animation is just an introduction to my architectural masters thesis called EVERYWHERE IS HERE:

I will be blogging some random stuff at www.everywhereishere2009.blogspot.com

Personal Website: www.activeingredient.org


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Designing Libraries - The Hive, Europe's first fully integrated and jointly-run university and public library

Designing Libraries - The Hive, Europe's first fully integrated and jointly-run university and public library | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"On July 11, the Queen opened the new £60million library and history centre in Worcester, a joint venture between the University and the County Council to serve the county’s population of 550,000 residents and 10,000 students.

The landmark project, a decade in the planning and with a stunning visual impact on the cityscape, is the first such extensive collaboration outside the US.

The Hive brings together books, documents and archives from both organisations under one roof. It houses one of the largest children’s libraries in the country, affording the opportunity for children to grow up with the library, from infant to undergraduate.

Staff from both the public and university libraries will work side by side, trained to deliver an extended range of services to all users from a combined stock."


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