Pretty, but hardly a book in sight

James Tata quotes from an Architectural Record article that explains why the much-vaunted Seattle library doesn’t have much room for books:

They began the commission with a three-month-long investigation into the future of the book, calling on local tycoons whose fortunes were built on the very digital technologies that would seem to make printed matter obsolete. . . .

OMA director Rem Koolhaas [ed.: the library’s architect] believes the library as an institution has moralistically and unwisely positioned itself as the bastion of the book against the byte.

(Via Ms. Tingle Alley, who also got to that Salon Anchor Book review first, it turns out. )


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