[Irtalk] AIA/ALA Library Building Awards honor six modern buildings that address the changing role of the library. (PHOTOS.)

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Mon Apr 13 22:46:17 SAST 2015

Libraries have long been community gathering spaces where all members of
society can gather around the pursuit of knowledge or the entertainment of
a good read. But the outmoded function of the library as a giant warehouse
for physical books means that architects are now obliged to focus on
designing tech-forward, eco-friendly community hubs to keep them viable in
a digital world.

The AIA/ALA Library Building Awards—a collaboration between the American
Institute of Architects and the American Library Association—began
recognizing excellence in library design in 1963. *This year’s six winners,
announced earlier this month, represent a range of builds and renovations
of existing structures that respond to the individual needs of communities
but share the same kind of next-generation design that hopefully will keep
libraries at the heart of communities for years to come.*

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