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Architects: Levitt Goodman Architects
Location: Scott Library, York University, Toronto, Canada
Architect In Charge: Brock James
Design Team: Kris Payne, Amanda Reed
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 17,000 sq ft
Client: York University
Budget: $1.9 Million
Photographs: Bob Gundu, Ben Rahn © A-Frame Inc.

 

 

.— originally saw this at Anne Whisken’s curated content at scoop.it

Some sharp library designs

Daegu Gosan Public Library Competition Entry / Ghirardelli Architetti — from archdaily.com by Alison Furuto

 

 

 

 Courtesy of Ghirardelli Architetti

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A simple gesture like opening the pages of a book became the inspiration for Ghirardelli Architetti in their design proposal for the Daegu Gosan Public Library Competition. By interacting with their intellectual awareness, art, science and history, this can transform into a different state of being, separated from what is happening around us in where we discover leisure, tranquility and food for thought with infinite horizons to explore inside and outside ourselves. Their library design contains this knowledge and makes it available through intriguing spaces and activities, providing at the same time, individual detachment from the daily ritual. More images and architects’ description after the break.

 

 

 

Magnificent Five-Story Book Mountain Library — from mymodernnet.com posted by Katie Hosmer

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Architecture firm MVRDV designed this magnificent library called Book Mountain, literally a mountain of books covered by a glass shell. The public library, located in Spijkenisse near Rotterdam

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The 4 apps every architect should download now — from archdaily.com by Vanessa Quirk

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Also includes a nice section called “Other Reader-Recommended Apps Worth Checking out…”

Some very sharp libraries

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Hhhmmmm…I wonder how this could be used to renovate or create new learning spaces…?!?

 

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Yale University Art Gallery Renovation / Ennead Architects — from archdaily.com

The University of Wollongong AIIM / SKM – S2F — from archdaily.com

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Courtesy of SKM – S2F

 

 

University of Iowa's new Learning Commons - June 2012

 

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Some sharp learning spaces

The Weston Family Learning Centre / Hariri Pontari Architects — from archdaily.com by Diego Hernandez

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© Tom Arban

 

© Tom Arban

 

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ExoPC and Panama team up to bring ‘tablet desks’ to students— from HuffingtonPost.com and The classroom of the future: Panama wants to give students “tablet desks” — from tabtimes.com by Doug Drinkwater

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The teacher controls the interactive board using an user friendly interface

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Adobe Photoshop Controller for EXOdesk
Adobe Photoshop TM Controller for EXOdesk makes it possible to control Photoshop TM from an EXOdesk in order to boost your productivity.

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What’s happening in the workplace? — from metropolismag.com by Jan Johnson

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The evolving office in 2012, equipped with Allsteel’s collaborative furniture collection, Gather

 

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Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Steelcase, and IDEO Collaborate to Innovate on the Future of Meetings and Work
Marriott Hotels & Resorts Launches “The Future of Work Innovation Co-Labs” To Offer Enhanced Hosted Work Experiences for Gen X and Gen Y Global Travelers.

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Los Angeles, Calif. – The nature of work is changing: it’s mobile, fast-paced and global. While most people demand choice and control to work when and how they want, wherever they are, working remotely doesn’t always offer consistent options when it comes to access, comforts and convenience. Marriott Hotels & Resorts, the flagship brand of Marriott International (NYSE:MAR); Steelcase, the world’s leading workplace experience provider; and global design and innovation consultancy, IDEO, today announced a collaboration to design, create and test innovative concepts and solutions for the future of work and meetings in hotels. The collaboration comes to life this week as a showcase of these potential solutions is unveiled at the Marriott Hotels & Resorts Global General Manager Conference in Los Angeles.

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360.steelcase.com -- The Next Office from Steelcase

 

The new Steelcase space in Strasbourg

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  • .The Pitfalls of sitting too close — from sales-jobs.fins.com by Kelly Eggers
    It sure sounded like a good idea. When Tuft and Lach Law, a small law practice in St. Paul, Minn. opted for open, shared office space, they didn’t expect to hate it. After all, numerous academic studies have shown that workers are more productive in open offices and, in the trendsetting tech industry, open plans are standard. For the law firm, it didn’t work out that way. “We had a receptionist and secretary sharing a workstation,” said Thomas Tuft. “The one with the biggest voice could be heard on the other’s phone calls and in attorney offices by clients on the phone with the attorneys.” If two people had to take a call simultaneously, they were forced to whisper..
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  • Creating Learning Spaces Through Collaboration – The Library is a 3rd Place to Consider — from Aaron Cohen Associates
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  • Space-saving dome shaped bookshelf built into workspace ceiling – – from PSFK.com

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Space-Saving Dome Shaped Bookshelf Built Into Workspace Ceiling

 

A sample image from University of Exeter item re: learning spaces

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The refurbished Forum Library
opens 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Geo Sim Philly -- where the virtual meets the real
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My thanks to Mr. Steven Chevalia for this resource

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Stockholm’s school without classrooms — interesting piece from architizer.com

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Children have wild imaginations. Take Max from Maurice Sendak’s illustrated classic Where the Wild Things Are, whose mischievous tantrums cause his room to sprout into a lush, inhabited forest. In a similar experience of my own, I can recall a particular elementary school gym class, in which the gym was transformed into the perilous domain of a sword-wielding ‘gorilla’—played by my gym teacher. The masked predator hid behind colossal trees of rolled blue gymnastic mats and tangled cargo net vines before springing out to prey on us hysterical, spritely youth.

 

[All photos © Kim Wendt and Rosan Bosch]

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