Mark Goulthorpe likes to see the world we occupy as a "physically reciprocal relationship between a person and the environment." Mr. Grulthorpe "teaches and practices new design and construction logics for the next generation of high-performance buildings ... that are not only resilient, economical, and visually stunning, but also offers insights into attaining environmentally benign buildings."
He is centering much of his reasearch on "thermoplastics. As the most benign class of fiber-reinforced polymers, they are rapidly entering broad market applications and hold the possibility to address a growing need. Current MIT estimations have the built environment doubling in the next 20 to 30 years, with the amount of urban housing needed likely to match that built in the previous 6,000 years."
That's a lot of people who want to use our libraries.
Gather your data while ye may!
In a new survey of Americans’ attitudes and expectations for public
libraries, the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life
Project finds that many library patrons are eager to see libraries’
digital services expand, yet also feel that print books remain important
in the digital age.
The availability of free computers and internet access now rivals
book lending and reference expertise as a vital service of libraries. In
a national survey of Americans ages 16 and older:
80% of Americans say borrowing books is a “very important” service libraries provide.
80% say reference librarians are a “very important” service of libraries.
77% say free access to computers and the internet is a “very important” service of libraries.
Moreover, a notable share of Americans say they would embrace even wider uses of technology at libraries
From the Journal of the Medical Library Association Food for thought.
A great age of librarians is possible, but not guaranteed. We are at the very beginning of the development of a digital culture that parallels the print culture that has been dominant for five hundred years. Innovative and creative librarians have the potential to shape the development of that culture in ways that will truly serve the needs of their communities.(cited with permission)
This dynamic glass (as in not passive energy technology) tints automatically or on demand to control sunlight, without shades or blinds. SageGlass® - SAGE
It takes less electricity to operate 2,000 square feet of SageGlass than it does to power a single 60-watt light bulb. I think, if you have the will and the resources, this option is well worth a good hard look.
SageGlass’ electrochromic coating consists of five layers of ceramic material. Applying a low voltage of electricity darkens the coating as lithium ions and electrons transfer from one electrochromic layer to another electrochromic layer. How it Works - Technology - SAGE
Reversing the voltage polarity causes the ions and electrons to return to their original layer, causing the glass to return to its clear state
This solid-state reaction is controlled through a very low voltage power supply (less than 5V DC). A darkened state enables SageGlass to absorb and radiate away the sun’s unwanted heat and glare. A clear state allows you to maximize daylight and solar energy.
SAGE Electrochromics that can be switched from clear to tinted with the click of a button. The glass can also be programmed to respond to changing sunlight and heat conditions.
There are three mags that fuel my mind, one I haven't cracked open in decades - Popular Mechanics - but I've substituted well I think, with Scientific America, Science News and WIRED.
I know no essentially nothing about gameing except that many, many people 'play' and learn through participating in games together and individually on and off line. I've been reading an article in WIRED - August 2011 pg. 097, about Jason Rohrer's 'Chain World' that describes how people are pushing at the edges of the definition of what gaming is.
But I do know a potential trend when I spot it and I think that library use through gaming is something that is worth considering as a very real possibility. At the very least it is a notion that is being carefully and seriously considered by some librarians as a way to truly engage a generation who carry their lives on a USB flash and a cell phone. A group of people at the University of Huddersfield in the UK are determined to find out how to capture the imaginations of a highly imaginative generation.
"Lemon Tree seeks to increase the use of library resources through a social, game based e-learning platform. Users will register with the system and be able to earn points and rewards for interacting with library resources, such as leaving comments and reviews of library books. Integration with other social networks such as Twitter and Facebook will be built into the system."
Can you read a map?Can you find your way back out of a building that you are visiting for the first time?
Wayfinding is not a skill all of us possess to the same degree. For instance, I 'see' a building in 3-D; I know that restrooms are usually placed in a building's core - find the elevator - find the restroom. It's a snap. For me.
Not everyone has this training or 'view'. We all navigate through the streets and corridors of our days in whatever manner that serves us well and gets us to that important meeting, the elevator, the restroom - the exit!
I am a strong advocate for a clear architectural design that allows the occupants to navigate through a building easily and safely. I believe that good design is simple and logical design.
It seems cognitive scientist, Laura Carlson at the University of Notre Dame can back up my 'instinctual' practice with cold hard fact. Laura Carlson, Notre Dame I love it when that happens! She is "figuring out how we can stay un-lost" ...(when we figure out how to get where we want to go.)
WIRED magazine WIRED.com has a short piece about her work (April 2011, pg.38) written by Katherine Gammon. Check it out. Ms. Carlson points to various strategies we can use to find our way through our built environment. We form pictures in our minds of the building and our route or we use a mental bird's eye view. We navigate by paying attention to objects so we can use them to retrace our steps. We 'fix' images of objects or intersections in our minds so that we can construct our mind's eye map.
This quote from her work best sums up my approach to design. I thank her for it. "If you see handwritten signs pointing you to an exit, that's a good indicator that it's not a well designed building."
When you are designing your library renovation or addition, keep this in mind. Ask your designer how easily your patrons can find what they are looking for in your library.
Communities benefit when someone can help explain to us how different gerations can work together. Understanding the make up and demands of a multigenerational community makes libraries stronger, valued members of our communities.
What's the connection between a presentation by Ginny Baxter,who works in Herman Miller's Applied Knowledge team, and your interests as a librarian? Seats on chairs and users at libraries - that's what. Merging Generations in the Workplace
Certainly, this article was inspired by chair design however, demographics research by Herman Miller can help us better serve our communities even if only to rerinforce that what we inuititively 'know' is based in fact.
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Your Library Building Project - Library Development Guide
written for the Southern Ontario Library Service
(SOLS), March 2010; Edited by SOLS.org
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STRATEGIC PLANNING @Your Library
Thanks to the many people from Tuxedo, Mamakating and Munro, NY,
who contributed their time, energies and open minds
to the success of the planning sessions.
And to the 'groundbreakers' at Grahamsville, NY. and all the wonderful volunteers at all libraries everywhere.
We had fun!
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