The ancient pairing of architecture and books has always been an interesting topic for debate, and the increasing popularity of electronic books has recently added fuel to the fire. However, the bonfires built for the printed version remain unlit. Research undertaken for this publication suggests that the traditional reading room is currently enjoying a renaissance in many different guises, with print and digital media enjoying a symbiotic relationship.
The digital revolution is just one of the many challenges faced by the library architect. To satisfy the varied requirements of library users, flexible, future proof, indoor and outdoor spaces must now support both passive and active pursuits. These often contrasting demands can vary dramatically from quiet, contemplative reading to audible public performance.
This publication explores in detail the evolution of the eco-library, focusing on how design teams cope with diminishing resources in diverse geographic and climatic conditions. The featured projects demonstrate measurable reductions in both construction and operating costs through innovative designs that utilise the ecology of a selected site in a positive way. A library development will now inevitably seek to lead by example, visibly demonstrating sound environmental practice, and providing an enhanced user experience for increasingly more discerning patrons.
Eco-Library Design provides a worldwide perspective on 21st century trends in library architecture.
John A. Flannery Mr. J. A. Flannery is the author of several books on architecture and design. With qualifications in industrial design, he has gained over 35 years experience in the Design, Procurement and Project Management of a wide range of construction projects in the industrial, commercial and private sectors throughout Europe, Africa and the U.S.A.. John Flannery currently works as a construction consultant in urban regeneration projects. Karen M. Smith Karen M. Smith is the editor of several books on architecture and design. Her varied career has encompassed a wide range of managerial posts in Public, University and Health Care Libraries; most recently providing consultancy and lecturing on the effective use of information resources. Currently, Ms. Smith specialises in the formulation of library management strategy in the Performance and Planning Department at the University of York Library.
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