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Wednesday23 July 2014

2012 in review: Literary pursuits

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Malcolm Fraser on why new libraries are one of the nicest things to emerge this year

I grew-up with a New Labour fixer, whose evil brainchild was “regeneration by Super-Casino”, and I have learnt to respect his unerring wrongness.  Last time I saw him he was scoffing at Libraries as a dead building type, and he will approve of how “austerity” is ripping-into such a civil target.

So I’m delighted at Studio Egret West’s new Clapham Library, and Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Aberdeen University Library.  Externally the Aberdeen Library is dull and aloof, but inside I love the warmth and engagement across and between its open floors. 

Clapham Library by Studio Egret West

Source: Gareth Gardner

Studio Egret West’s new Clapham Library.

It’s full, and buzzing with cultural engagement (I do prefer the term “mediatheque” to Library, as better suggesting how this building type might evolve).

We are onsite with a wee Library in a civic hub for Stromness in Orkney, and I hope it captures the energy and thinking that is reinvigorating this old building type.

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  • zecks_marquise

    Come on! The clapham library is so hideous that makes the elephant man look like Brad Pitt

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  • zecks_marquise are an unemployed architect? You must have a lot of time on your hands.

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  • and by the way you have 1294 comments and 0 discussions on your profile...congratulations.

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  • zecks_marquise

    What would be the point of posting here if I wasn't employed?

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