Monday, 7 June 2010
The Library and Science Center at the Ashley Hall School in Charleston has received a 2010 Merit Award for Excellence in School Building and Design from CEFPI’s South Carolina chapter.
The center was dedicated in 2009, the centennial year for this independent girls’ school. The school’s rich history informed the project design, which drew inspiration from the proportion and detail of nearby McBee House, the campus’ iconic structure. The Library occupies two floors of the new building, while the third floor and renovated space in adjoining Jenkins ...[more]
Friday, 26 March 2010
Janette Blackburn and Joe Rondinelli discuss the changing roles and forms of libraries in the March 2010 issue of Building Design & Construction. In the article, they discuss how, as readers needs change and libraries accommodate more diverse uses, space, flexibility, and acoustical control play increasingly important roles.
The Evolving Library – Building Design & Construction
Tuesday, 1 December 2009
In early November I attended the Educause 2009 conference in Denver and a series of discussions about technology and higher education. I left with three takeaways that warrant further reflection and discussion:
- What’s the relationship between the current higher education budgetary crisis and shifts in IT/ Library organizational structures and service philosophies?
- Seventy percent of scholarly research in the humanities is now being published digitally. In the transition from print to digital library collections, are academic libraries at a tipping point?
- What does the word “library” mean today? As library facilities expand to include programs for student life, student success, teaching excellence, and technology support, does the building type need ...[more]
Monday, 30 June 2008
With its cafe and generous space, the glass-walled Pavilion is a wildly popular destination campus destination. The space evolved to embody a concept we call “safe space”: an environment that fosters comfort, honesty, and trust. The Pavilion sits near Duke’s iconic chapel, a subtle nod to the notion of library as inspirational space. Conversation and collaboration flow unhindered between the Pavilion and Perkins Library. Flexibility of time is integral to safe space, where formal and and informal meetings are neither limited or prolonged. This notion of flexible time takes the well-known “third place” concept a step further by extending and encouraging ...[more]
Sunday, 6 November 2005
Janette Blackburn and Carole Wedge
This article appeared in the November 2005 issue of Information Outlook.
Design as Catalyst: Fostering Collaboration and Commuinity in Special Libraries
Tuesday, 6 May 2003
What does flexibility mean when thinking about student life facilities? Here, Tom Kearns talks about programmatic, spatial, and structural flexibility, drawing examples from the firm’s recent work. This article first appeared in the ACUI (Association of College Unions International) Bulletin.
Flexible spaces – ACUI Bulletin, May 2003
Friday, 21 October 2016
The Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab team has been busy over the last several months, getting ready for this state-of-the-art wet lab environment to become home to a curated community of 17 growth-stage life sciences startups. Harvard recently announced these new community members, which you can learn about on their web site.
This space will provide these startups opportunity to test their ideas and develop their ventures with lab benches, collaborative work spaces, conference rooms, and a ...[more]