20 August 2007


The Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) sponsored a competition in 1998 to promote the use of digital design media and the Internet in architecture. It involved “the design of a library that takes full advantage of information technology while still serving the library's inherited roles in culture and society.” One product of the competition was a Library Time Line. It starts with the Library at Thebes c. 1250 B.C. and ends in 1988 with Seattle (Washington, USA) Public Library’s US$196 million bond issue for renovation and construction.

I’m not sure how useful this may be, but it’s got some good information and is most certainly good reading.

Time Line: http://www.acadia.org/competition-98/sites/integrus.com/

ACADIA: http://www.acadia.org/

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