Contemporary Library Architecture: A Planning and Design by Ken Worpole

By Ken Worpole

Targeting the sensible matters which have to be addressed via somebody considering library layout, right here Ken Worpole bargains his popular services to architects, planners, library execs, scholars, neighborhood executive officials and individuals attracted to growing and maintaining profitable library constructions and providers. modern Library structure: A making plans and layout advisor features:

a quick heritage of library architecture
an account of a few of the main precise new library designs of the 20 th & twenty first centuries
an overview of the method for constructing a winning short and setting up a undertaking administration team
a delineation of the commissioning process
functional recommendation on find out how to care for very important parts equivalent to public accessibility, stock-holding, ICT, again place of work capabilities, children’s providers, co-location with different companies akin to studying centres and vacationer & details providers an sustainability
extensive case reports from around the globe, together with public and educational libraries from the united kingdom, Europe and the US
complete color illustrations all through, displaying technical info and photographs.

This ebook is the final word consultant for someone forthcoming library layout.

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Its design has to actively welcome people in through its doors, and offer them the possibility of new directions in life and widening intellectual opportunities. Whereas many other historic building types develop clear spatial functionalities over time for strictly demarcated constituencies of users, the library has to imbue all its spaces both with a sense of pluralism as well as universality. This is no small order. What then is this 'libraryness' which continues to inform the design, use and public understanding of these unique places?

We go in to look for one thing and in the process find another. Everything, ultimately, is connected to everything else. The architectural critic and academic, Brian Lawson, picks out libraries as the quintessential settings for public life and understanding of the rules established by design and history: Settings, whether they are parts of special territories or not, are important to us as ways of generating security. When we enter a library, the scene is set, as we say. Even though we may never have been in this particular library before, we recognise the setting as a library.

Only a reflexive, problem-solving approach can achieve this. In North America, where big-budget civic libraries have 24 been being built over the past decade in something of a national mania, there has been a default approach which says that, if in doubt, hire a brand-name architect to do the job. This does not always work: Choosing a star architect, which a large number of (US) library committees have done over the years, will not solve a library's or a city's problems, of course. An architect cannot correct for poor management, a paltry collection, or lack of financial support, not can he or she promise to lead an urban renaissance, to bring patrons to an unsafe downtown with no parking and poor public transit.

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