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China's Libraries off the beaten track

Li Xiaodong’s Liyuan

The library itself was built to be in total harmony with nature; it uses no power, is designed to attract birds, and the sticks that make up the exterior are easily and regularly replaced. The entire construction budget for the project was around $140,000. The library is more than a palliative to the belabored urban soul. It’s an example of how architecture can enliven a community. more dezeen

 


Seashore Library at Nandaihe Pleasure City

On the shore of an idyllic white sandy beach in Beidaihe New District, a coastal region in eastern China,  rests a monolithic yet classical structure  that contains sublime spaces of aesthetic illumination.

The Seashore Library, designed by the Beijing-based studio Vector Architects in 2015, portrays the endless interaction between the manmade and the natural where light, wind and the sound of the ocean enter uninterrupted into the building’s spaces to accentuate its austere lines. more nowness yatzer

 


Pinch Community Library

Children can clamber onto the curved roof of this community library in China, which architects John Lin and Olivier Ottevaere designed for an earthquake-damaged village in Yunnan Province. Situated in the mountain village of Shuanghe in south-west China, the library and surrounding plaza offers a meeting place for local residents, as well as a space where children can play and read. more


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Innovators - A Look Back

 

Gin D. Wong
1923 -2017
Asked in a recent interview to name his favorite project, the visionary replied, “The next one.”

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Los Angeles International Airport's Theme Building

A visionary architect whose iconic works have helped shaped the look of Los Angeles for more than half a century.more laconservancy

 

Jacque Fresco
1916-2017
“We have the technology to build a global paradise on earth…"

 

Jacque Fresco, a self-taught and passionate industrial designer who envisioned an alternative society where money would be eliminated and resources distributed equitably by computers. more thevenusproject

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