Award winning research in Architecture
Dr Charlie Smith has been awarded ‘Outstanding Paper’ in the 2015 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence. His paper “Future of the book and library creatively explored” was selected by the editorial team of the journal New Library World.
The paper contributes to discussion about the changing role of libraries and their collections, and includes projects designed by Level 6 Architecture students as part of the research method. Libraries are very important pieces of the civic landscape of towns and cities and the research involved student project work to consider how their roles are changing in response to digitisation and other pressures, such as falling visitor numbers and funding cuts. Interestingly, despite being designed by digitally literate students physical books are highly significant within the library programme. The relationship between the library and its context was a key theme for several projects, which explore innovative means through which to engage the public.
As the journal’s sample article his paper is now available open access for a year, and can be viewed at www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/NLW-04-2014-0034
The students whose work features are: Sarah Aziz, Alex Bodman, Alexandra Gadd, Lee Newell, Omar Shariff, Liam Thomas and Ross Whittle.
Image: “The changing permeability of the dynamic structure of this library represents the increasing accessibility to the books within, by Sarah Aziz.”