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Winners of the 2015 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards

Posted: Monday, April 06, 2015
Aside from students and researchers, libraries tend to largely be taken for granted as valuable spaces for all sorts of community-wide learning. In this spirit, the AIA and the American Library Association (ALA) established the Library Building Awards program to encourage and celebrate library design excellence, especially at a…

Peek into Wilkinson Eyre’s renovation of Oxford’s reopened Weston Library

Posted: Thursday, March 26, 2015
The University of Oxford recently celebrated the re-opening of their Weston Library in the institution's renowned Bodleian Libraries, a Grade II building designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott and constructed in the 1930s. Fellow Brits Wilkinson Eyre Architects were in charge of the £80 million…

A glimpse at a transparency-driven Obama Presidential Library competition entry

Posted: Friday, March 06, 2015
The 2014 Chicago Prize competition invited the architecture community to submit speculative design ideas on what they think the Obama Presidential Library should look like, as actual plans for the Barack Obama Presidential Library seem to gradually take shape. Competition participants Manuel Caicoya, Matteo Vergano,…

Informal Office transforms Obama Presidential Library into social hub for Chicago Prize 2014

Posted: Wednesday, February 18, 2015
The recently concluded 2014 Chicago Prize invited participants to share their speculative designs of the Barack Obama Presidential Library that rethinks the traditional typology of the U.S. Presidential Library. In Lexington, KY-based Informal Office's approach, Social Container, the Presidential Library becomes an engaging hub of activity with…

Chicago Prize 2014 results: Imagining Obama’s Presidential Library

Posted: Friday, February 13, 2015
For the 2014 Chicago Prize ideas competition this past fall, architects and designers worldwide were asked one question: How would you design Barack Obama's Presidential Library? Referring to the lively debate regarding the potential construction of a Barack Obama Presidential Library, the competition called for…

Esa Ruskeepää Architects to design Bildungshaus library + educational center in Germany

Posted: Monday, January 26, 2015
Esa Ruskeepää Architects from Helsinki was selected to design the new Bildungshaus library and educational center in the city of Wolfsburg, Germany. Out of 112 proposals in the two-stage competition, 34-year-old Esa Ruskeepää was the youngest architect in the final shortlisted group for the project. Check…

“Looking Forward” winners reimagine Philadelphia’s Athenaeum for 2050

Posted: Monday, December 22, 2014
In celebration of The Athenaeum of Pennsylvania's 200th anniversary, the Looking Forward: Re-Imagining The Athenaeum of Philadelphia ideas competition invited architects worldwide to explore new functions and programs for the historic Athenaeum for the year 2050. The 2050 building would hypothetically replace the 1847 National Historical Landmark…

CALL FOR ENTRIES: What do you think the Obama Presidential Library should look like?

Posted: Monday, November 17, 2014
The Chicago Architectural Club launched its 2014 edition of the Chicago Prize ideas competition this past weekend: design the Barack Obama Presidential Library! From the lively discussion (if not frenzy) surrounding a Barack Obama Presidential Library possibly being built, the Chicago Prize invites architects and designers…

Li Xiaodong’s Liyuan Library wins inaugural Moriyama RAIC International Prize

Posted: Monday, October 13, 2014
The Liyuan Library by architect Li Xiaodong was announced as the recipient of the inaugural Moriyama RAIC International Prize during an award ceremony in Toronto, Canada on October 11. Launched earlier this year by the The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) Foundation and distinguished…

Craigieburn Library in Australia wins Public Library of the Year Award 2014

Posted: Monday, August 18, 2014
The Danish Agency for Culture along with sponsor schmidt hammer lassen architects have revealed the Craigieburn Library in Hume City, Victoria, Australia as the recipient of the first Public Library of the Year Award 2014. The architectural prize is a proactive measure to design toward the "library of…

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