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Office for Metropolitan Architecture: Seattle Public Library [Paperback]

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OMA's design for the Seattle Public Library--one of the firm's most heavily anticipated projects to date--begins with a radical rethinking of the very nature of the library. If the library exists today as a threatened sanctuary, it has been done in by its own stubborn reliance on one kind of literacy and its consequent blindness to other emerging forms that increasingly dominate our culture, especially the huge efficiencies and pleasures of visual intelligence. Rather than merely package this traditional institution in a new way, OMA has completely reinvented it, transforming it wholeheartedly into a site able to aggressively orchestrate the coexistence of all available technologies for collecting, condensing, distributing, reading, and manipulating information. The library will no longer be loyal to the book... In more architectural terms, the $156 million building has an angular, meshlike glass and metal skin that surrounds a series of floating public spaces: a kid's area at the bottom; a living room for browsing, public meeting areas, and a coffee shop; a mixing chamber where patrons can work intensively with librarians; and a reading room at the top with views of Mount Rainier and Puget Sound. In between these platforms are a series of programmatic boxes containing the more stable, or fixed, parts of the library program, including a continuous four-story book spiral where the entirety of the library's books will be stored. This third book in Actar's series of Verb monographs reveals how the Seattle Public Library works, and examines it in terms of new media technologies that have changed the status of the library in the contemporary city from a traditional repository for books to an iinformation store.i Also included is a comprehensive account of the design process, from initial concept through construction to ribbon cutting.

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Pages   160
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 7" Height: 9.5"
Weight:   1.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 30, 2005
Publisher   Actar
ISBN  8495951630  
ISBN13  9788495951632  

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Fantastic  Sep 6, 2007
Fantastic book on one of the worlds leading comtemporary buildings. All Architectural offices should follow the lead of OMA in publishing literature on all significant contemporary architecture so the public can get an understanding about why their public buildings are the way they are.

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