Reframing Library Architecture

Reframing Library Architecture is a heavily illustrated synthesis of my research into library design (conducted for my 2014 Masters of Architecture thesis). It only takes about 20-40min to read due to the extensive use of diagrams.

The book takes a critical look at library architecture, situating it historically, analyzing how it functions as a communications medium, and proposing a future trajectory.

What sort of design best serves the ethos of the public library? What does the built library communicate to its users, and how does that communication work? How can its spaces adjust to—and thrive in—a digitally augmented age? These questions drove the research, and this book presents the answers I arrived at and how I reached them.

Fundamentally, I hope this project can give librarians some tools to critique their buildings beyond mere functionality.