25 February 2013
I. Stairwell Edited Two Ways
II. Various Views of Vaulted Ceiling
Let me know which is your favorite and why.
This month Gracie (http://graciebinoya.com), Polly (http://watchingthephotoreels.com) and I began an iPhoneography Monday Challenge. If you’d like to join the fun, please click here for details. Today is challenger’s choice, and I selected architecture as the category for my entries.
The human imagination has always transformed exterior landscapes into new vistas that please some and stun others. In the twentieth and twenty-first century many, many layers of our personal lives and culture have been altered by the escalation of technology, being everywhere and anywhere. Architects have responded to this new landscape by redefining and reinventing how exterior and interior spaces are designed.
For me the re-imagining of public libraries is a keen example of architects being responsive to how our learning and lifestyle has been recreated in such a relatively short time. These repositories of our archives and printed materials always have been centers for lending, research and storage–a gathering place for knowledge.
Antiquated buildings have been renovated or new ones emerge. Each strives to address the inching of technology into how a library provides for its patrons, researchers, scholars, and staff.
Libraries have become something else; they’re no longer only containers for books. They’ve moved into the realm of popular culture and social media; they’ve become a happening place: they generate far beyond their original intent.
These evergreen vaults of knowledge house multi-media centers, video collections, computer stations, digitization services, electronic resources, online access, and re-configured spaces for readers and study groups.
The expansion of “what-a-library-is” is partially in the hands and minds of architects. Spatial decisions are newly conceived to meet dynamics in our global culture–dynamics that are re-shaping education and learning.
Worldwide libraries are some of the most stunning displays of human invention, inside and out. But today’s facilities must cater to a different user. The current library is about information management, and interior spaces must reflect the evolutionary trends of mobile data and its mining.
As we roam the halls of today’s libraries, their importance is apparent. The future is unknown, but for sure the institution will be a place that delivers learning as well as creates and solves mysteries within and beyond its walls.
The digital landscape inhales and exhales, giving libraries a renewed physical environment. These spatial innovations open their arms to the patron of the new millennium, but they also provide momentary safe-keeping for the printed book.
Tip of the Week: Let me introduce Mobile Photography Artist of 2012: British artist and iPhoneographer Sarah Jarrett. She has created a distinctive style that is achieved with either an iPhone or iPad. To describe her art is to cast a light on the emotions and reactions created by Jarrett’s iPhone art.
Words that surface for some or all of her images: ethereal, persuasive, ingenious, expressive, pictorial, fragile, imaginary, fanciful, strong, painterly, intense, revelatory, technical…
Her tagline is: “I am interested in the poetry of landscape. I am a beauty seeker and a dream chaser.”
We hope that you will join the Monday challenge and share your iPhoneography with us.
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