>Knowledge was stored in churches long before printing, and thus long before libraries. People could read fragments of the Holy Bible in the form of a comic strip through the richly decorated stained glass windows. At the time, holy guardians, the monks, carefully preserved and rewrote literature. Since the invention of printing and the democratization of the book, a program capable of hosting these thousands of books has been required. People came to consult precious works at the New York Public Library, built by Carrère and Hastings in 1897, but they couldn't stay long. The 21st-century library would thus be very different in many ways, as it is a center for social, professional, and even romantic encounters in addition to being a book silo. The Rolex Learning Center at EPFL in Sanaa is an excellent example of this, with the workplaces taking up more space than the works, which are housed in the basement. As a result, the library becomes a media carpet, surrounded by various social activities. Facade screens, conference rooms, undefined spaces, relaxation and coworking areas, or even club activities like basketball on the roof or yoga on the spot all contribute to a learning mindset. The media library allows people to find their best way to learn while also allowing them to unwind by diversifying the knowledge media and allocating spaces for entertainment and social interactions.
>Warsaw, Poland
>Marianne Ghorayeb