Editor’s Note: Libraries are evolving to survive in the digital age. With debate raging around the future of print publishing, libraries are being forced to rethink their role as community hubs–and accordingly, how their architecture functions as public space. The Architect’s Newspaper unpacks the ideas that are shaping one particular library currently being built: the Hunters Point Community Library, designed by Steven Holl. Image: Steven Holl’s Hunters Point Community Library rises next to the East River. Image via Zachary Edelson/AN.
This Queens Library makes its books available; while it welcomes digital technology, and sets apart a space for cyber activities and working computers, it spurns the notion of a ‘bookless library.’ In that sense, it is a humanist institution: embracing tradition while also focusing on up-to-date technology. [Read more]