Archinect - News 2014-04-23T21:52:07-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/73309423/what-is-the-future-of-the-library What is the future of the library? Archinect 2013-05-16T18:36:00-04:00 >2013-05-21T19:07:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d6/d63d3db70b59300b91fad4c7f8c07506.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the first time since Henri Labrouste (1801-1875), currently the subject of an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, formulated the conception of the new, democratic library, the central library is fighting for survival. The relevance of these gloriously inflated book boxes is being questioned in an age that looks to the Internet for its intellectual resources.</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/70238960/shedding-its-fusty-architectural-past-philly-welcomes-nordic-starchitect-sn-hetta Shedding its Fusty Architectural Past, Philly Welcomes Nordic Starchitect Snøhetta nextcity 2013-03-28T19:40:00-04:00 >2013-07-12T12:31:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eq/eqyaixc7444goudu.jpg" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The latest evidence of Philadelphia&rsquo;s architectural comeback? The Norwegian architecture firm Sn&oslash;hetta is coming to town for a project at Temple University. &ldquo;We have a fantastic tradition of quality architeture and urbanism in Philadelphia, but we do go through low ebbs in that tradition,&rdquo; says Harris Steinberg, the executive director of PennPraxis, the clinical arm of the University of Pennsylvania&rsquo;s School of Design.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The Norwegian architecture firm <a href="http://www.snohetta.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sn&oslash;hetta</a> has designed some of the most notable buildings and public spaces in the world over the last 15 years. The new <a href="http://www.arcspace.com/features/snoehetta/oslo-opera-house/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oslo Opera House</a>. Egypt&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.panoramio.com/photo/85018759" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bibliotheca Alexandrina</a>. A reconfigured <a href="http://nymag.com/arts/architecture/features/times-square-2012-4/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Times Square</a> in New York, and a massive expansion of the <a href="http://archrecord.construction.com/news/2011/11/SFMOMA-Expansion.asp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Francisco Museum of Modern Art</a>.</p> <p> Next up? Temple University&rsquo;s library, on a still-gritty stretch of Broad Street between Montgomery and Norris in North Philadelphia. Sn&oslash;hetta director and co-founder Craig Dykers is delivering a <a href="http://templeperformingartscenter.org/events/2013/2013-temple-university-architecture-alumni-lecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">lecture</a> on campus next week, sharing some of his firm&rsquo;s work with Temple students and a general audience of designers, architects and urbanists.</p> <p> Dykers might shed some light on Sn&oslash;hetta&rsquo;s early stage thinking for the library project, but design work has not yet begun, so don&rsquo;t expect any renderings.</p> <p> Even so, Dykers is likely to address a full house. The Oslo-based firm, which was featured in a glowing 5,400-word <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2013/01/21/130121fa_fact_owen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>New Yorker</em> profile</a> in January, is very much in vogue. Plenty of its...</p>