Archinect - News 2015-04-26T04:36:43-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/124677931/aia-ala-library-building-award-winners-bolster-the-value-in-caring-for-community-libraries AIA/ALA Library Building Award winners bolster the value in caring for community libraries Justine Testado 2015-04-06T19:16:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T20:44:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k8/k8n5yt7g5us43uze.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The arched ceilings, stained glass windows, and other embellished details of some of the world's oldest university libraries or contemporary hotspots like, say, OMA's glass-clad Seattle Public Library get enough attention when it comes to the "best" library designs. While those libraries are impressive in their own regard, smaller and local community libraries are equally valuable. They can be that much-needed catalyst to revive a neighborhood or that comfortable quiet haven to get work done or temporarily escape from it all (including napping). Even as library archives become increasingly digital, libraries are evolving facilities that shouldn't be taken for granted.</p><p>In this spirit, the AIA and the American Library Association (ALA) like to recognize and promote local libraries that are considered to be exemplary models of stellar library design in their Library Building Awards program. The awards jury (listed at the bottom) selected six projects for 2015:</p><p><a href="http://www.aia.org/practicing/awards/2015/library-awards/cedar-rapids-public-library/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cedar Rapids Public Library...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/41996925/the-nsa-is-building-the-country-s-biggest-spy-center-watch-what-you-say The NSA Is Building the Country's Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say) Archinect 2012-03-19T18:30:00-04:00 >2012-03-24T14:30:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a1/a10b648d1fc77f60562e47e39aae40ad.jpg" width="514" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>... thousands of hard-hatted construction workers in sweat-soaked T-shirts are laying the groundwork for the newcomers&rsquo; own temple and archive, a massive complex so large that it necessitated expanding the town&rsquo;s boundaries. Once built, it will be more than five times the size of the US Capitol. Rather than Bibles, prophets, and worshippers, this temple will be filled with servers, computer intelligence experts, and armed guards.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/39236405/google-glasses-adding-a-virtual-layer-to-the-physical-environment Google Glasses - adding a virtual layer to the physical environment Paul Petrunia 2012-02-24T19:48:00-05:00 >2012-02-25T09:46:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2t/2t994bu1zwxat4d7.jpg" width="514" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The glasses will use the same Android software that powers Android smartphones and tablets... equipped with GPS and motion sensors. They will also contain a camera and audio inputs and outputs. Through the built-in camera on the glasses, Google will be able to stream images to its rack computers and return augmented reality information to the person wearing them. For instance, a person looking at a landmark could see detailed historical information and comments about it left by friends.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/13936063/where-the-world-s-data-is-stored Where the World’s Data Is Stored Archinect 2011-07-19T15:43:39-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <em><p>The world&rsquo;s largest data center sits in Gothic revival splendor just a couple of miles south of Chicago&rsquo;s downtown Loop in a former R. R. Donnelly printing plant. I happened to walk past the center a year ago and was impressed by the scale of the building and the serenity of the setting...</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/19/19d594bf43aa47e5de28f659c8f5654f.jpg"></p> <p> [<a href="http://mozy.com/infographics/where-is-the-worlds-data-stored" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Via Mozy</a>]</p>