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Living Library: Wiel Arets University Library Utrecht [Paperback]

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Item description for Living Library: Wiel Arets University Library Utrecht by Marijke Beek...

This innovative look at the sleek new library at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, designed by the renowned architect Wiel Arets, takes readers on a floor-by-floor tour while it draws wider implications about the changing role of the library in the twenty-first century.

Arets' design for the Utrecht University Library embodies the fundamental changes now taking place in library architecture in the information age. Dynamically designed to echo the building's construction, this book allows readers to experience every floor, as well as its foundations. Woven throughout are interviews and essays that focus on Arets' inspired design, how it fits in with the campus as a whole, and other perspectives on library design from renowned architects such as Rem Koolhaas, Toyo Ito, Jacques Herzog & de Meuron, and Dominique Perrault. Other highlights of the book include an essay, "In the Library," which was commissioned specifically for this book; a series of photographs of international libraries by acclaimed photographer Candida Hfer; an interview with a "digital librarian," and many other interesting and little known facts, figures, quotations and images---each of which proves that the libraries of tomorrow will bear little resemblance to those of yesterday.

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Pages   452
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.13" Width: 6.61" Height: 0.87"
Weight:   1.98 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 30, 2005
Publisher   Prestel Publishing
ISBN  3791334557  
ISBN13  9783791334554  

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Sterotypical Dutch Graphics  Feb 6, 2006
Take Koolhaas's content minus the content. This book is all flash and dance with no substance. From front to the back the book is laced with images. They definately chose quantity over quality. This book offers very little information about the library. It talks more about the history of the collections in the library than the actually library and the architect's thought behind the library. You are not missing much passing up on this book. Huge dissapointment. You can get more information on this work by finding any magazine that briefly talks about the building

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