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Learning from the Library

“Archive Wall” @ “Nam June Paik: Global Visionary,
Smithsonian Institution

(Without Cracking a Book)

Shannon Mattern
The New School | New York
wordsinspace.net
@shannonmattern

Chrétien Frederic Guillaume Roth, Tree of Knowledge, Encyclopédie;
Dewey: Design is the Norm

Étienne-Louis Boullée: Projekt for the National Library in Paris, France, 1785;
Reclam’s Universal Library, 1911

Seattle Public Library

Carlo Dolci, St. Catherine Reading a Book, early 17 th c.

Spatial Information Design Lab, The Library Project;
Alberto Kalach, Biblioteca Jose Vasconcelos, Mexico City

Via AcidLabs

1

City Beautiful Civic Center, San Francisco

Smith Campus Plan, Via Shepley Bulfinch

Snohetta:
Temple
University

2

schmidt hammer lassen: University of Aberdeen Library

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios: “The Hive,” Worcester, UK

Andrew Berman Architect

3

University of Western Sydney

Penn’s Weigle Info
Commons;
Writing Center @ Falvey
Library, Villanova

Yi Architects: Stuttgart City Library

Libraries Without Borders’ Ideas Box, a Portable Multi-Media Kit for Refugee and
Vulnerable Populations

UNION

4

Smith

University of New South Wales’s Help Zone

5

Piano Rolls, National Film & Sound Archive, Australia

Henri Labrouste:
Bibliothèque
Sainte‐
Geneviève,
Paris, 1850

Labrouste: Bibliothèque nationale, Paris, 1875

NYPL,
Scientific
American,
May 27, 1911;
via NYPL
Digital Gallery

Louis Kahn:
Philips Exeter Library

Seattle Book Spiral,
via Seattle Times

TAX arquitectura: Biblioteca Jose Vasconcelos, Mexico City, 2006

MVRDV: Book
Mountain,
Spijkenisse,
Netherlands,
2012

Venturi Scott Brown: Dartmouth’s Rauner Special Collections

Gordon Bunshaft: (SOM) Beinecke

Bruno Rainaldi’s Sapiens Bookcase;
Albrect Dürer, St. Jerome in His Study, 1514

Thomas Demand, Archive, 1995

Harvard’s
metaLab

University of Chicago’s Mansueto
Library, Automated Storage

Visualizing RFID, Touch

6

Norman Foster: Philological
Library, Freie Universität Berlin

Snohetta: Hunt Library,
North Carolina State University

HMFH: Roeper School

Shepley Bulfinch: Johns Hopkins,
Brody Learning Commons

Joel Sanders Architect: University
of Pennsylvania Education
Commons

Norman Foster: Philological Library, Freie Universität Berlin,
aka the “Berlin Brain”

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Situ Studio: Maker Space, NY Hall of Science

Harkness Table, Phillips Exeter Academy

Snohetta: Hunt Library Game Lab

Hunt Library Visualization Lab

Hunt Library Immersion Theater

Hunt Library Apple
Tech Showcase

The Edge @ Duke University

The Labs @ Carnegie Libraries of Pittsburgh

Chattanooga Public Library’s 4th Floor

Digital Commons @ Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, Washington, D.C.

Maker Space @ Chicago Public Library

Tel Aviv Library Co-working Space

Garnet
Hertz

Miler

Epistemic Objects: Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, Portable Monuments

My Class Doing “Creative Classification” Exercises
@ The Interference Archive & The Reanimation Library

8

Event Space @
Penn Special
Collections;
Auditorium @
University of GA

Haverford
Special
Collections

Bowdoin & Penn Special Collections Centers

Beinecke
Library

Alvar Aalto: Woodberry Poetry Room @
Harvard,
Via Cervin Robinson

My Archives, Libraries + Databases
Class @ NYC Municipal Archives

Digital Preservation @ The New Museum

Thaw Conservation Center @ Morgan Library

Mark Dion, The
Packet

University of Georgia Special Collections Library Exhibition Spaces

William H.
Wright
Special
Collections
Exhibit Area,
Robert B.
Haas Family

Oberlin Archives

Thank you.
wordsinspace.net
@shannonmattern

Mark Dion, Library for the
Birds of Massachusetts