Le devenir de la bibliothèque publique et le rôle de l'architecture : stratégies de conception pour le XXIe siècle

Abstract : Today we often try to understand what will happen to books and libraries in relation to the development of digital technologies and to the changing of urban and social function of libraries. Trying to suppose a plausible future scenario is very difficult, especially because books and libraries are both closely linked to various and different issues of contemporary society that have not yet found their own identity. In addition, the contemporary society is in a technological transition phase that risks, without doubts, to produce very important changes, not only in libraries world, but especially in our own lifestyle. For these reasons, just from the title, this thesis aims to investigate the “becoming” of the Public Library and his "destiny" that, today, is far from being written and disagrees with predictions and empirical data that result from different researches, in order to obtain new design strategies for the architectures of the twenty-first century. In this context it is necessary to examine three major issues related to the libraries: the question of the future of books and public reading, i.e. “support issue”; the question of the architecture of Public Libraries; the question of the role of Public Library as cultural institution and urban architecture. The last point permits to understand the new relationships, both at the small and the large scale, between public buildings and urban space. Those relationships are now linked to the new citizens' mobility between suburbs and city centres. The public library became the prism with which we can study the relationship between built and open spaces in the city. Changes due to these aspects certainly will affect Public Libraries and, to a certain extent, they will be able to modify the use of this institution (as we know it today) and especially its traditional mission. The research wants to give a strong and multidisciplinary answer to all these issues using the “own architectural tools”
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Luigi Failla. Le devenir de la bibliothèque publique et le rôle de l'architecture : stratégies de conception pour le XXIe siècle. Architecture, aménagement de l'espace. Université Paris-Est, 2015. Français. ⟨NNT : 2015PESC1080⟩. ⟨tel-01288207⟩

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