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 Seattle Central Library - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
There has been a library located in downtown Seattle as far back as 1891, however the library did not have its own dedicated facilities and it was frequently on the move from building to building.
That library, at 55,000 square feet, with an extension built in 1946, eventually became too small and cramped for a city population that, by the time the library was replaced, had roughly doubled since the library's first opening.
Ramus, formerly a Seattle resident, found out from his mother one day in advance that the library board was inviting interested firms to attend a mandatory public meeting.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Seattle_Central_Library   (1003 words)

  
 Seattle Public Library - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In 1998, Seattle voters, with an unprecedented 69 percent approval rate, approved the largest library bond issue then ever submitted in the United States.
The funding provided by the "Libraries for All" bond measure, which proposed a $196.4 million makeover of the Library system, doubling the square footage in Seattle's libraries, including the building of new branches and a new Central Library.
This new Central Library was designed by Rem Koolhaas and his group, the OMA Office for Metropolitan Architecture.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Seattle_Public_Library   (399 words)

  
 Case Study: Central Library, Seattle: Description   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-01)
In accordance with Seattle's percent for art policy a public art budget of $900,000 was allotted to the new Central Library, later to be complemented by a further $500,000 raised by the Seattle Public Library Foundation, and $100,000 for specific commissions from internal and external sources.
In 1999 the Library Board received 29 tenders to design the new library, and daringly selected from a shortlist of three finalists the cutting edge Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas (whose Principal Designer is the Seattle native Joshua Ramus), to work in collaboration with Seattle-based LMN Architects.
Over the last twenty years public libraries have lost users to the private sector, and a prime mission of the project team was to 'steal back' the 'aura' of the library that has shifted to chain bookstores in recent years.
www.publicartonline.org.uk /case/seattle/description.php   (2095 words)

  
 Seattle Central Library   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-01)
The Seattle Central library database is part of a district and regional inter-library loan service of the Western Library Network.
Due to the renovation of the front entrance, we are in the process of moving the Library entrance from the Broadway side of the building to the Harvard side of the building.
The Library's new entrance is accessible by Stairway J and elevator #7, which are opposite the Campus Security office and adjacent to the Harvard C entrance.
www.seattlecentral.org /dept/library.php   (244 words)

  
 Online Review: Resuscitated in Seattle: America's Library is Alive and Well
Seattle is a town not easily given to change, architectural or otherwise.
Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels says he's trying to raise funds to build and maintain a downtown day shelter and hygiene center for use by the homeless population.
America's library systems provide solace, hope, refuge to our poor and computerless children, our homeless, our mentally damaged, our unwanted elderly who trust in the repetition of habit; our immigrants, seeking language on their journey to some particular individual destiny.
www.nichenews.com /d/SeattleStory.html   (3352 words)

  
 Seattle Channel Video on Demand - Watch Videos
The Library is governed by a five-member citizens' board of trustees, appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the City Council.
Seattle Public Libraries produced this brief feature to explain how glazing on the new central library windows and curtain walls contribute to making it a more efficient, green building.
Library board member and moderator Eric Liu, legal experts, and local community members will explore the USA PATRIOT Act and the effects of the government's response to Sept. 11 has had on ordinary citizens.
www.seattlechannel.org /videos/watchVideos.asp?program=library&sort=alpha   (1977 words)

  
 Case Study: Central Library, Seattle: Library Public Art Plan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-01)
As a result they were able to conduct an "informal asset inventory" of "Seattle's extensive and diverse cultural landscape", familiarising themselves with the library's activities and the nature of its clients.
In considering the library to be a "cultural centre", Cusick and Lowe wanted to enable the possibility for artists to "draw upon the library, its mission and programs, systems and collections, as their subject matter, making it a key focal point in the community cultural dialogue".
In accord with the architects' essentially democratic idea of creating "a new library that functions as a living room", Cusick and Lowe saw the library as "a permeable membrane between cultural providers and audience", as such incorporating an ongoing programme of arts activities (such as regularly scheduled artists' talks) and residencies, funded as partnerships.
www.publicartonline.org.uk /case/seattle/art_plan.php   (841 words)

  
 TIME.com: One For The Books -- Apr. 26, 2004 -- Page 1
The Seattle library began five years ago with a series of public hearings at which Koolhaas refused the role of genius architect and adroitly played it anyway.
After three months of research into libraries around the world, Koolhaas and Ramus concluded that the two chief challenges the building would have to address were the unpredictable future proliferation of new technologies that the library would need to encompass and the new social functions that it may have to serve.
The solution was a library organized as a series of five internal enclosed "platforms," from basement to upper-level administrative areas, each to serve a function such as parking, offices and meeting space.
www.time.com /time/magazine/article/0,9171,1101040426-612380,00.html   (1038 words)

  
 Call for Artists: Artwork for the New Central Library - Seattle Public Library / Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs - ...
The library acquires, organizes and provides books and other relevant materials; ensures access to information sources throughout the nation and around the world; serves the public with expert and caring assistance; and reaches out to all members of our community.
The Central Library will feature new centers for children, teens and adult readers, as well as more computers, reorganized and expanded collections, a 275-seat auditorium for Library programs and community meetings, and parking for about 145 vehicles.
The new Central Library is being designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas with the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, winner of the 2000 Pritzker Prize, in a joint venture with locally based LMN Architects.
www.absolutearts.com /artsnews/2003/03/28/30885.html   (787 words)

  
 After Seattle - August 15, 2005 - Library Journal
This is the third central library to be built on the same site, a steeply sloping block between Fifth and Fourth avenues in downtown Seattle.
For libraries to be able to stake their claim in today's civic enterprise, it helps if they can flex their economic muscle.
Seattle's library is becoming a destination point for a global community.
www.libraryjournal.com /article/CA633326.html   (2836 words)

  
 DJC.COM -- Library Design and Construction   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-01)
The Seattle Central Library stands near completion, viewed from the northeast corner of Fifth Avenue and Spring Street.
The new central library is the stylish centerpiece of Seattle Public Library’s $196.4 million “Libraries for All” program.
The staff platform at the library’s base includes the colorful children’s area and an English-as-a-second-language room with maple flooring carved with texts from around of the world.
www.djc.com /special/librarydesign   (266 words)

  
 Reed Construction Data - Experiment in Cubism
Thus, the library's reference section contains 148 public-access computers (of 400 total in the building); and while only 32% of the 362,967 gross square feet is currently devoted to books, the library has room to double its collection to 1.45 million volumes.
The building exceeds Seattle's energy code requirements by 20%, thanks to a specially designed "shark skin" glazing that reduces heat gain and an HVAC system comprised of five small heating and cooling plants instead of one large one to simplify utilities and allow for zoned climate control.
The 11-story Seattle Central Library is divided into five separate "floating" platforms, arranged according to function: cast-in-place concrete from the 250-space lower-level parking garage to Level 3, and concrete-on-steel-frame structure for levels 4–11.
www.reedconstructiondata.com /article/CA600219.html   (752 words)

  
 HistoryLink Essay: Central Library, The Seattle Public Library moves into new Carnegie-funded building on December 19, ...
On December 19, 1906, Seattle's new public library building opens in the block between 4th and 5th avenues and Spring and Madison streets.
This put the entrance of the library on the second floor, and required the construction of a grand front stairway to reach the front door.
The building housed the central library until 1957, when it was torn down and replaced.
www.historylink.org /essays/output.cfm?file_id=1926   (359 words)

  
 eclecticism: Seattle Central Library: Everybody's talking about it
Moving the library: For someone who whines and complains every time I switch apartments, I'm fascinated by what it must take to move the Seattle Central Library to its new building.
Yet another set of library photos: While the new Seattle Central Library has been the subject of so many photosets across the Seattle blogosphere that it's likely well on its way to becoming passé, I had to have my day.
The library is really cool: I did manage to spend a little time looking around the Seattle Library this Sunday with Prairie and Hope for their opening day festivities.
www.michaelhanscom.com /eclecticism/2004/05/seattle_central.html   (562 words)

  
 The Seattle Times: Seattle's new library
If much of the advance fanfare had centered on renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and his bold design, the grand opening was about the regular folks who'll be using the library.
A former doubter declares the library a marriage of civic splash and practical intimacy.
Stunning images by Seattle Times photographer Benjamin Benschneider.
seattletimes.nwsource.com /news/local/library   (87 words)

  
 Paramount Reserved at Seattle Central Library
The new Seattle Central Library, called in some news reports "one of the top 30 buildings in the world," opened May 2004 to great fanfare.
The project was a joint venture by the award-winning Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), and LMN Architects of Seattle.
The library is expected to serve up to 8,000 visitors a day, double the traffic in the old building.
www.paramountlighting.com /site_pages/story4.html   (446 words)

  
 Library Spotlight: Seattle Public Library
Since it opened in May 2004, Seattle’s Central Library, a shimmering glass and steel structure designed by architect Rem Koolhaas, has not only changed the way denizens of Seattle think about libraries, but has also garnered the kind of fulsome praise usually reserved for structures with the word Guggenheim in their names.
With almost 400 computers available for public use, and wi-fi access throughout the building, the library is as tech-friendly as any in the country, thanks to Koolhaas’s insistence that libraries surrender their “unquestioned loyalty to the book.” Librarians are fitted with wireless communication devices, so they can talk with one another wherever they are.
One of the strongest areas of the library is the teen section, located on level three of the postmodern colossus.
www.thebookstandard.com /bookstandard/news/author/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000980789   (704 words)

  
 Central Library in Seattle, WA   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-01)
The library was designed by famed Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, winner of the 2000 Pritzker Prize, his profession's highest honor.
With a transparent exterior of diamond-shaped panes of glass, the library stands as a marvel of contemporary architecture.
The library features more than 400 public computers, and wireless Internet access is available throughout the facility.
www.superpages.com /cities/mtg/102950   (128 words)

  
 UW Press: Search Books in Print
Seattle Public Library's dazzling new Central Library, designed by renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, prompted international notice even before the doors opened to this $159 million showplace.
Yet Seattle Public Library's new prominence came after more than a century of tumult with many heroic struggles, from its itinerant existence in a pioneer boom town to its wired wonders in a world technology center.
The suspicious fire that destroyed the library's home in the historic Yesler mansion and led to a surprise rescue by Andrew Carnegie in the early 1900s.
www.washington.edu /uwpress/search/books/MARPLA.html   (412 words)

  
 The New York Times > Arts > Art & Design > The Library That Puts on Fishnets and Hits the Disco
The new library, which opens next Sunday, was designed by Rem Koolhaas/OMA of the Netherlands in collaboration with the Seattle firm LMN Architects.
In addition to the new Central Library, the measure provided for the construction of five branch libraries and the overhauling of an additional 22.
The library's exterior is an angular composition of folded planes.
www.nytimes.com /2004/05/16/arts/design/16MUSC.html?ex=1400040000&en=5aa4b4f3be0c79c7&ei=5007&partner=USERLAND   (802 words)

  
 Process: Seattle Central Library
Process: Seattle Central Library is an intimate glimpse into the creation of one of the most unique buildings in the world through the camera of architectural photographer, Lara Swimmer.
Beginning with the Paramount Theater's renovation in the early '90's, she photographed the Seattle Symphony's Benaroya Hall, renovation works at the Key Arena, the Cinerama, Union Station, and Sodo Center, and new construction of Safeco Field, the Experience Music Project, and the Tacoma and Bellevue Art Museums.
As a former student film and critical theory, shooting the new downtown Seattle Public Library was her most inspired project to date.
www.northwest-books.com /html/history/seattle_central_library.html   (346 words)

  
 Seattle | Arts | What We Do
Seattle's new Central Library, part of the 1998 "Libraries for All" bond measure, opened in 2004.
As part of the "Library Unbound" project, textile artist Mandy Greer,Seattle; mixed-media artist Lynne Yamamoto,Brooklyn, N.Y.; and artist George Legrady, Santa Barbara, California, completed residencies at The Seattle Public Library and will have permanent artworks at the new Central Library.
Located at the entrance of the Seattle Art Museum, Hammering Man is a 48-foot-high fl silhouette sculpture, with a motorized hammering arm which moves silently up and down four times per minute.
www.ci.seattle.wa.us /Arts/WhatWeDo/PublicArt/PermanentlySited/default.asp   (388 words)

  
 MLA Style Bibliographic Citation Guide   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-01)
For full text articles from electronic databases, add the database title and publisher, library through which you gained access, date of access, and URL (Complete list of database URLs for SCCC Library).
Seattle Central Community College Lib., 25 Sept. 1999 .
Seattle Central Community College Lib., 8 Nov. 2002 .
dept.sccd.ctc.edu /cclib/Research_Tools/Citation_Style_Guides/mlacite.asp   (916 words)

  
 Bartco Lighting :: Seattle Public Library
The Seattle Central Library by Rem Koolhaas is one example.
The clever support system effectively places the fixtures exactly where they are needed and enables library patrons to view the map collection in bright, diffuse light.
The library book stack illumination received just as much attention to detail as the rest of the lighting.
www.bartcolighting.com /seattle_library.asp   (576 words)

  
 Rem Koolhaas OMA - Seattle Public Library :: arcspace.com
The new Seattle Public Library houses the library's main collection of books, government publications, periodicals, audio visual materials and the technology to access and distribute information from the physical collection online.
The entrance level on 4th Street, one of Seattle's main thoroughfares, houses the Children's Library and foreign-language resources.
Koolhaas sees the new library as a custodian of the book, a showcase for new information, a place for thought, discussion and reflection - a dynamic presence.
www.arcspace.com /architects/koolhaas/Seattle   (338 words)

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