Archinect - News 2014-08-29T08:12:53-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/106555672/university-of-maryland-postpones-architecture-library-closure-after-backlash University of Maryland postpones Architecture Library closure after backlash Alexander Walter 2014-08-14T13:16:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T20:30:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/11/11238a0f36c29b6b918b1b3305b9ecd6.jpg" width="300" height="200" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>University officials have postponed closure of the Architecture Library after receiving backlash from graduate students and alumni. The library was set to close before the fall semester because of budget and safety issues and lack of use, Libraries Dean Patricia Steele said last week. [...] To save the library, graduate student Adam Chamy started a petition, which has received more than 500 signatures.</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/104332294/precedents-for-experimentation-talking-libraries-with-shannon-mattern-and-nate-hill Precedents for Experimentation: Talking Libraries with Shannon Mattern and Nate Hill Alexander Walter 2014-07-16T16:15:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T18:00:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fb/fb8cdb852bf671ad7a56ab327c6850eb.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The challenge requires sophisticated understanding of the resources &mdash; human, physical, digital, spatial, and civic &mdash; that libraries offer to their users. In the conversation below, Shannon Mattern, a scholar who works on libraries, archives, and media infrastructures, and Nate Hill, Deputy Director of the Chattanooga Public Library, talk about what these resources are, how they are evolving, and what design can contribute to how they are deployed.</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/100937967/new-york-public-library-project-reveals-details-and-costs-of-upgrade-plan New York Public Library Project Reveals Details and Costs of Upgrade Plan Alexander Walter 2014-06-02T13:44:00-04:00 >2014-06-10T18:51:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/01/01ff0d6d6365a0d609c642ad72f4d9e0.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The New York Public Library&rsquo;s revised renovation plan &mdash; to upgrade the Mid-Manhattan Library and create more public space in its flagship Fifth Avenue building &mdash; is expected to cost about $300 million, according to library officials who outlined new details of the project in interviews. [...] But officials, for the first time, revealed that the original plan, mostly scrapped last month in large part because of questions about the price tag, would actually have cost more than $500 million [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/150561/new-york-public-library" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/96112348/obama-library-officials-allow-parties-to-make-their-bid Obama library officials allow parties to make their bid Archinect 2014-03-20T17:36:00-04:00 >2014-03-20T17:37:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dw/dwlloqg2wumqqldf.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The foundation established to lead the development of President Obama&rsquo;s library and museum opened the door Thursday for institutions and groups to begin making a pitch to host the site. The Barack Obama Foundation issued its long-awaited Request for Qualifications on its newly named website, inviting applicants to provide information about how their proposal would impact the community and how it would reflect the president&rsquo;s vision.</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/95342125/breaking-out-of-the-library-mold-in-boston-and-beyond Breaking Out of the Library Mold, in Boston and Beyond Alexander Walter 2014-03-10T14:17:00-04:00 >2014-03-11T09:49:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/03/0309648df9d460d234b313638fc85d53.jpg" width="514" height="311" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Boston Public Library, which was founded in 1848 and is the oldest public urban library in the country, is moving rapidly in that direction. With a major renovation underway, this Copley Square institution is breaking out of its granite shell to show an airier, more welcoming side to the passing multitudes. Interior plans include new retail space, a souped-up section for teenagers, and a high-stool bar where patrons can bring their laptops and look out over Boylston Street.</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/94517401/108-eighth-grade-students-design-their-school-s-library-in-berkeley 108 eighth-grade students design their school's library in Berkeley Justine Testado 2014-02-28T20:25:00-05:00 >2014-03-05T15:29:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zu/zu0uv42zbhjgltz8.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What good is a school without a library? A team of 108 eighth-grade students at <a href="http://www.realmcharterschool.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">REALM Charter School</a> in Berkeley, CA let their curiosity take the lead in designing their school's own reading space, which they call X-SPACE.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mq/mqamkoqjr97gmmvu.jpg"><br><br>X-Space started out as a school project in <a href="http://www.studio-h.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio H</a>, an in-school curriculum led by&nbsp;director Emily Pilloton and 8th-grade teacher Hallie Chen that lets students in grades 8-11 design and build in socially-engaged projects.<br><br>The idea and name of X-Space came from the students' desire for a place to study, to relax, to learn and discover "X"&nbsp;&mdash; the unknown. In short, they wanted a welcoming library space for fellow students at the growing charter school.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x6/x6wjt9e5ay8t0ltx.jpg"><br><br>Another product of the project is the X-shaped "STAX" shelving system the students helped construct. The stackable shelves were designed from low-tech 13-ply finished plywood and made using high-tech CNC technology with the help of Autodesk CEO Carl Bass.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vk/vkhrrgoofkash1gh.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hl/hldqnrqiytzi44sc.jpg"><br><br>Studio H launched a <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1903209704/xspace-a-library-designed-and-built-by-its-student" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a> on Feb. 25 and has already raised o...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/93810515/mecanoo-and-martinez-johnson-chosen-to-redesign-mlk-library-in-d-c Mecanoo and Martinez + Johnson chosen to redesign MLK Library in D.C. Justine Testado 2014-02-18T15:38:00-05:00 >2014-02-24T22:00:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lw/lw12jzcc41vycego.jpg" width="514" height="284" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Alas! The winning team to renovate the historic Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library has been selected. That team would be Mecanoo and Martinez + Johnson, who won over notable finalists Patkau + Ayers Saint Gross and STUDIOS + Freelon. Upon contract approval, Mecanoo and Martinez + Johnson will begin working with library staff and consultants to finalize the new library's design scheme.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/05/05u4iayjqs436p9x.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mm/mmjnyfnj41hayso5.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4i/4i08xt2tg8kdxmv4.jpg"><br><br>Find out more on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/mecanoo_and_martinez_johnson_chosen_to_redesign_mlk_library_in_d.c/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/93320193/top-three-teams-prep-for-final-design-presentation-of-mlk-library-renovation Top three teams prep for final design presentation of MLK Library renovation Justine Testado 2014-02-10T20:19:00-05:00 >2014-03-10T13:55:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lg/lgh8po9yuw3ngjp8.jpg" width="514" height="171" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The historic Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington D.C. is one step closer to finding the architectural team for its major renovation project -- and competition is stiff [...] After submitting their proposals, the top three teams will have one final presentation to persuade the review panel and the public this Saturday, Feb. 15 at 10 a.m. in the MLK Library's Great Hall.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>Team 1: Mecanoo + Martinez and Johnson</strong><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o2/o2nhohavkpnh05a3.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lt/ltrsjpnbcqb64tyd.jpg"><br><br><strong>Team 2: Patkau + Ayers Saint Gross</strong><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q6/q6pexdlxq03hle0k.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/82/82bqrywocug87mjh.jpg"></p><p><strong>Team 3: STUDIOS + Freelon</strong><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m6/m6sdzohs4umh3el2.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ra/ra31u8halgt3ey6e.jpg"></p><p>Get more details about each project on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/finalist_design_ideas_for_mlk_jr._memorial_library_renovation/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/92312338/future-of-berlin-airlift-site-hangs-in-balance Future of Berlin Airlift site hangs in balance Alexander Walter 2014-01-28T17:07:00-05:00 >2014-02-03T18:17:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ny/nyq3szoesoo0n7td.jpg" width="514" height="301" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A debate has raged over the future of Tempelhof Airport in the south of the city since its closure in 2008. Its open space is currently used for concerts and city gardening. [...] Architect Jens Oberst, whose library was among two winning designs selected by Berlin's Senate for the site in December, told The Local that the referendum would not influence his plans. He said: "We&rsquo;re of the opinion that it is precisely our project which fits with a desire to have an open public space [...]"</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/71335736/new-central-library-of-berlin-state-by-far-frohn-rojas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Central Library of Berlin State by FAR frohn&amp;rojas</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/90698302/texas-library-offers-glimpse-of-bookless-future Texas library offers glimpse of bookless future Alexander Walter 2014-01-07T19:27:00-05:00 >2014-01-13T19:58:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ff/ff0b24f2e9dfdd24b175fc6099248e16.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Texas has seen the future of the public library, and it looks a lot like an Apple Store [...]. Even the librarians imitate Apple&rsquo;s dress code, wearing matching shirts and that standard-bearer of geek-chic, the hoodie. But this $2.3 million library might be most notable for what it does not have &mdash; any actual books. That makes Bexar County&rsquo;s BiblioTech the nation&rsquo;s only bookless public library.</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/90069645/shortlist-for-d-c-s-mlk-library-renovation-narrowed-down-to-3-teams Shortlist for D.C.‘s MLK Library renovation narrowed down to 3 teams Alexander Walter 2013-12-30T15:41:00-05:00 >2014-01-06T22:04:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cy/cy07dxmjs5udp0jg.jpg" width="514" height="352" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Three finalist teams have advanced into the last round of the search for an architect to renovate &mdash; or possibly redesign &mdash; Washington D.C.'s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. Back in October, the competition had already narrowed down the list of applicants to 10 teams with the invitation to create technical proposals on how they would approach renovating the Mies van der Rohe-designed library.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The three finalists are:</p> <ul><li> Patkau Architects / Ayers Saint Gross with Krueck + Sexton</li> <li> Martinez + Johnson Architects / Mecanoo Architects</li> <li> STUDIOS Architecture / The Freelon Group</li> </ul><p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/85836061/ten-firms-chosen-for-second-stage-of-mlk-jr-memorial-library-renovation-search" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ten firms chosen for second stage of MLK Jr. Memorial Library renovation search</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/88469661/schmidt-hammer-lassen-to-design-new-ningbo-central-library-in-ningbo-china schmidt hammer lassen to design new Ningbo Central Library in Ningbo, China Justine Testado 2013-12-09T21:04:00-05:00 >2013-12-10T17:19:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r8/r8oqbkbkj804qej7.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>schmidt hammer lassen has been chosen to design the new 30,000 m2 Ningbo Central Library in the coastal city of Ningbo, China. shl's winning design will display the library's collection of more than 2 million books &mdash; including the largest number of historic and ancient books in Ningbo, one of China's oldest cities.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/et/et43xglscb94znhp.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8v/8vmqjpwxcyfczuwt.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Head over to <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/schmidt_hammer_lassen_to_design_new_ningbo_central_library_in_ningbo_china/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> for more.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/85836061/ten-firms-chosen-for-second-stage-of-mlk-jr-memorial-library-renovation-search Ten firms chosen for second stage of MLK Jr. Memorial Library renovation search Justine Testado 2013-11-05T14:09:00-05:00 >2013-12-30T15:43:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3b/3bg20nl4h8reyexe.jpg" width="514" height="352" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The search to find the architect team to help redesign the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library continues as the competition narrowed down from 26 firms to 10 last month. These 10 teams were invited to create technical proposals on how they would approach renovating the Mies van der Rohe-designed library in Washington D.C. Firms are not expected to submit design concepts in this round. Proposals will be judged by a team of library, urban planning, architecture and preservation experts.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>UPDATE: </strong><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/90069645/shortlist-for-d-c-s-mlk-library-renovation-narrowed-down-to-3-teams" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shortlist for D.C.&lsquo;s MLK Library renovation narrowed down to 3 teams</a></p> <p> The firms are:</p> <ul><li> Cunningham Quill Architects/1100 Architects</li> <li> Ennead Architects/Marshall Moya Architects</li> <li> Leo A. Daly/Richard Bauer</li> <li> Martinez and Johnson Architects/Mecanoo Architects</li> <li> OMA/Quinn Evans Architects</li> <li> Patkau Architects/Ayers Saint Gross</li> <li> REX/Davis Carter Scott Architects</li> <li> Shalom Baranes/Davis Brody Bond</li> <li> Skidmore Owings &amp; Merrill</li> <li> Studios Architecture/The Freelon Group</li> </ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/81603030/sanaa-wins-taichung-city-cultural-center-competition SANAA wins Taichung City Cultural Center competition Alexander Walter 2013-09-11T15:43:00-04:00 >2013-09-16T23:01:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jo/jozgxz5tyfilfym7.jpg" width="514" height="278" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The highly popular Taichung City Cultural Center International Competition in Taiwan just announced its much anticipated list of winners, and it's the Pritzker Prize-winning team of Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA with local partner Ricky Liu &amp; Associates to snatch the top honors.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>SANAA's winning ensemble of playfully arranged white, translucent boxes beat out designs by the four other recently shortlisted teams including Peter Eisenman Architects, Jean-loup Baldacci, MASS STUDIES and St&uuml;cheli Architekten.</em></p> <p> Click <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/307060/taichung-city-cultural-center" target="_blank">here</a> to see more News posts about the Taichung City Cultural Center competition.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/80377453/new-baghdad-library-takes-step-closer-to-realization New Baghdad library takes step closer to realization Archinect 2013-08-26T14:59:00-04:00 >2013-08-27T15:21:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5a/5adbf595bc0e832ccf719f37d604d6e6.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Designs for a new Baghdad library boasting the largest single-space reading room in the world have taken a step closer to being realised after the architects got the green light to put the project out to tender in September. The Iraq National Library was devastated by fire and looting when allied troops entered the city in 2003. An estimated 60% of archival materials [...] and 25% of books, newspapers, rare books, historical photographs and maps were destroyed.</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/76247045/helsinki-central-library-competition-honorable-mention-helsinki-link-by-kutonotuk Helsinki Central Library Competition - Honorable Mention “Helsinki Link” by Kutonotuk Alexander Walter 2013-07-01T17:04:00-04:00 >2013-07-06T07:10:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ht/ht112c9oxwofjwvu.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Design and research collaborative Kutonotuk is sharing with us its proposal "Helsinki Link" which was awarded one of the four Honorable Mentions in the recent competition for the design of the new Helsinki Central Library.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/75535894/helsinki-central-library-competition-picks-ala-architects-k-nn-s-as-winner" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Helsinki Central Library Competition Picks ALA Architects&rsquo; K&auml;&auml;nn&ouml;s as Winner</a></p> <p> If Kutonotuk doesn't immediately ring a bell, you may remember the odd but fascinating finalist entry for the 2013 MoMA PS1 YAP "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/67111228/my-hair-is-at-moma-ps1-finalist-entry-for-2013-moma-ps1-yap" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MY HAIR IS AT MOMA PS1</a>" by TempAgency, a collaboration between Kutonotuk and mcdowellespinosa.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/75989252/helsinki-central-library-competition-3rd-prize-winner-liblab-by-playa-architects Helsinki Central Library Competition - 3rd Prize Winner “LIBLAB” by Playa Architects Alexander Walter 2013-06-27T21:17:00-04:00 >2013-07-01T18:54:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6d/6dw2xfvnssay7x0z.jpg" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the recent competition for the design of the new Helsinki Central Library, the jury had decided not to award a Second Prize but to give a shared Third Prize to the entries &rdquo;LIBLAB&rdquo; and "Kasi&rdquo; instead [...]. Helsinki-based Playa Architects are the designers behind LIBLAB and have sent us some more information about their design concept.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/75535894/helsinki-central-library-competition-picks-ala-architects-k-nn-s-as-winner" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Helsinki Central Library Competition Picks ALA Architects&rsquo; K&auml;&auml;nn&ouml;s as Winner</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/75716528/chicago-public-library-maker-space-branch-to-open-lab-with-3-d-printers-laser-cutters-more Chicago Public Library 'Maker Space': Branch To Open Lab With 3-D Printers, Laser Cutters & More Alexander Walter 2013-06-21T13:33:00-04:00 >2013-07-06T07:52:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a6/a652cd3e58639c4eac9aba90ddac561a.jpg" width="514" height="215" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Libraries have long been the haven of readers, but now the Chicago Public Library is making their main branch a haven for makers. As part of the CPL's innovation lab, the Harold Washington branch will open its free "maker space" July 8. Crain's Chicago Business describes it as a "pop-up fabrication lab will offer the public access to 3-D printers, laser cutters, a milling machine and a vinyl cutter as well as a variety of supporting design software."</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/75651861/helsinki-central-library-entry-by-aakaa-mars-architectes Helsinki Central Library Entry by AAKAA & MARS Architectes Alexander Walter 2013-06-20T14:38:00-04:00 >2013-08-27T14:29:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uz/uzy6mk31ve1a6uqj.jpg" width="514" height="299" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Earlier this week, we published the winners of the highly popular Helsinki Central Library competition. One of the five entries recognized with an Honorable Mention is the proposal Through the Looking Glass which is conceptualized around the idea of a "building like a bookcase." The design was a collaboration between French architecture firms AAKAA and MARS Architectes.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/75535894/helsinki-central-library-competition-picks-ala-architects-k-nn-s-as-winner" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Helsinki Central Library Competition Picks ALA Architects&rsquo; K&auml;&auml;nn&ouml;s as Winner</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/75592811/set-bal-public-library-entry-by-and-r Setúbal Public Library Entry by AND-RÉ Alexander Walter 2013-06-19T17:36:00-04:00 >2013-06-20T14:18:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dz/dz76eu06atl6ah5h.jpg" width="514" height="331" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Portuguese architecture firm AND-R&Eacute; (previously on Bustler) has sent us its stunning entry to the architectural competition for the new public library building in the city of Set&uacute;bal, Portugal.</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/75535894/helsinki-central-library-competition-picks-ala-architects-k-nn-s-as-winner Helsinki Central Library Competition Picks ALA Architects’ Käännös as Winner Alexander Walter 2013-06-18T21:32:00-04:00 >2013-06-18T23:40:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/la/laky29obq9vkrukg.jpg" width="514" height="263" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The international architectural competition for the design of the Helsinki Central Library [...] has announced the entry "K&auml;&auml;nn&ouml;s" by Finnish firm ALA Architects as the winning proposal. The jury selected K&auml;&auml;nn&ouml;s unanimously and described the entry as "impressive and casually generous." A Second Prize was not awarded, and the entries &rdquo;Liblab&rdquo; by Playa Architects and "Kasi&rdquo; by Verstas Architects were awarded a shared Third Prize. Additionally, five Honorable Mentions were awarded.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/61875100/helsinki-central-library-competition-announces-stage-2-finalists" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Helsinki Central Library Competition Announces Stage 2 Finalists</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/72754194/hawaii-fights-for-obama-presidential-center Hawaii fights for Obama presidential center Alexander Walter 2013-05-08T12:54:00-04:00 >2013-05-13T19:55:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/06/06f2a20e8651bb8ecd3920c52ac48e19.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The president still has three years in office, but eventually his thoughts will turn to what comes afterward. [...] A presidential library has to be easily accessible to scholars and visitors, so Chicago has a clear advantage. That&rsquo;s why Honolulu&rsquo;s leaders named their public campaign carefully: The Hawaii Presidential Center Initiative, not a presidential library.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/71840398/the-la-times-christopher-hawthorne-reviews-the-fittingly-blunt-bush-presidential-library" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The LA Times' Christopher Hawthorne reviews the "fittingly blunt" Bush presidential library</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/71840398/the-la-times-christopher-hawthorne-reviews-the-fittingly-blunt-bush-presidential-library The LA Times' Christopher Hawthorne reviews the "fittingly blunt" Bush presidential library Archinect 2013-04-23T20:41:00-04:00 >2013-07-24T04:32:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5f/5fc0c08f7509a853289d85a76af0dbb2.jpg" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Stern's architecture is always steeped in strategic references to past landmarks; there is no doubt he knows how to send, and shape, an architectural message. And the message the front entrance to the Bush Library delivers is clear: This is a building meant to honor a particularly blunt and plain-spoken kind of political power.</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/71335736/new-central-library-of-berlin-state-by-far-frohn-rojas New Central Library of Berlin State by FAR frohn&rojas Alexander Walter 2013-04-15T14:39:00-04:00 >2013-04-16T11:51:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vd/vdhwkiiu6hiczjx2.jpg" width="514" height="214" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An intriguing design scheme by Berlin/Santiago de Chile/Los Angeles-based practice FAR frohn&amp;rojas is one of the winners of the architectural competition for the new central library of the state of Berlin at the airfield of the former Tempelhof Airport in Berlin.</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/70187098/mvrdv-s-book-mountain-wins-red-dot-award MVRDV's "Book Mountain" wins Red Dot Award Archinect 2013-03-27T18:38:00-04:00 >2013-04-04T11:34:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t8/t86ckfdhqkmm8tdq.jpg" width="514" height="670" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> MVRDV has announced that they have taken the Red Dot award in the Architecture and Urban Design category. Archinect recently published "Book Mountain" - <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/58611133/mvdrv-s-book-mountain" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here</a> to read more about the project.</p> <p> Press release follows...</p> <p> Spijkenisse Book Mountain has been announced winner of a red dot design award, one of the world&#146;s most acclaimed design awards. Book Mountain received a &#145;red dot&#146; for high design quality in the &#145;Architecture and Urban Design&#146; category, and was selected from 4,662 entries from 54 countries. The jury recognises work that distinguishes itself through highly refined detail solutions. The official awards ceremony will take place at the Aalto Theatre in Essen, Germany on 1 July 2013.</p> <p> The new public library in Spijkenisse manifests itself clearly as a mountain of books on the towns market square, it is both an advertisement and an invitation for reading, which holds great significance for a community with 10 percent illiteracy. Besides the library, the building hou...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/68470664/stewart-hollenstein-colin-stewart-architects-win-sydney-s-green-square-library-competition Stewart Hollenstein & Colin Stewart Architects Win Sydney’s Green Square Library Competition Alexander Walter 2013-02-27T19:00:00-05:00 >2013-03-23T02:31:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/64/64a4dmkl5qywjaol.jpg" width="514" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The City of Sydney has just announced the winning team in the international competition to design a new library and plaza for Green Square, one of the city's major new developments. The jury, including famed architects John Denton, George Hargreaves, and Pritzker Prize winner Glenn Murcutt, selected the entry by Stewart Hollenstein in association with Colin Stewart Architects from a field of 167 entrants from 29 countries.</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/66523690/in-renderings-for-a-library-landmark-stacks-of-questions-still In Renderings for a Library Landmark, Stacks of Questions, Still anthony dong 2013-01-30T12:05:00-05:00 >2013-01-31T15:01:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l0/l0fi4i1weiusjzq7.jpg" width="514" height="256" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The value of an institution isn&rsquo;t measured in public square feet. But its value can be devalued by bad architecture...The designs have all the elegance and distinction of a suburban mall. I was reminded that Mr. Foster is also responsible for the canopied enclosure of the inner court at the British Museum, a pompous waste of public space that inserts a shopping gallery into the heart of a sublime cultural institution.</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/66230639/schmidt-hammer-lassen-to-design-new-cultural-center-and-library-in-karlshamn-sweden schmidt hammer lassen to Design New Cultural Center and Library in Karlshamn, Sweden Alexander Walter 2013-01-25T13:50:00-05:00 >2013-01-29T09:19:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tz/tzaze28vp3urhnom.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>schmidt hammer lassen architects has just won an international competition for the new Cultural Center and Library in the Swedish city of Karlshamn, designed to gather the city&rsquo;s cultural functions under one roof. The 5,000 square meter (53,820 sq ft) facility aims to be the city&rsquo;s new meeting place and will house a library, an exhibition area, a movie theater, a tourist office, and a caf&eacute;.</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/63737009/n-y-public-library-norman-foster-evict-a-million-books N.Y. Public Library, Norman Foster Evict a Million Books Archinect 2012-12-19T12:20:00-05:00 >2012-12-24T15:23:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ax/axu544fn88ocqgeq.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A $300 million renovation of the New York Public Library&rsquo;s ornate marble palace in midtown Manhattan will start by evicting 1.2 million books. The plan, unveiled today and overseen by the London firm of Foster &amp; Partners, keeps more books onsite than had been suggested in earlier proposals. Books will be stored in space under Bryant Park and in a Princeton, New Jersey, facility.</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/62480910/helsinki-central-library-entry-by-oyo-office9-ingenium Helsinki Central Library Entry by OYO + office9 + Ingenium Alexander Walter 2012-11-30T20:02:00-05:00 >2012-12-03T19:09:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vh/vh1zb1cvhxjk9afz.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As part of our mini series of Stage 1 proposals submitted to the Helsinki Central Library competition, here is the entry by Belgian collaboration OYO + office9 + Ingenium.</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>