When explaining her vision for the new Library of Birmingham, Library lead architect Francine Houben said, “We don’t know what the future of the library will be so we have designed space for change, to last over the next 100 years.”
What role will new technologies, those used to translate and publish books in digital formats and the opening up of online access to all library materials, play in this future? Read the rest of this article
Design is embedded in a social landscape of shifting relationships between people, media, technology and contexts. It’s the speed and perpetual nature of change that is radically transforming experience. In a culture of perpetual change and possibility – compounded by the ever-updating world of instant digital presence – might critical reflection might be needed more than ever? Or, more simply, might a breathing space be needed more than ever?
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