In the new downtown library shannon mattern investigates how libraries serve as multi use public spaces anchors in urban redevelopment civic icons and showcases of renowned architects like rem koolhaas and cesar pelli. The new downtown library describes the part that libraries are called upon to play in sustaining the intellectual commercial and social life of great american cities and examines the controversies that arise from the conflicting demands placed on them. Examines the process of designing 20 new public library buildings in the us in the late 20th early 21st century and how those buildings and the process of deciding how they should look and work reflect community values and the meanings of libraries and civic life more generally to those communities. The new downtown library designing with communities shannon mattern 0816648964 alk paper toronto public library. In the new downtown library shannon mattern draws on a diverse range of sources to investigate how libraries serve as multiuse public spaces anchors in urban redevelopment civic icons and showcases of renowned architects like rem koolhaas cesar pelli and enrique norton
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