Enlightening Libraries — AIAS Student Competition

Sponsor: AIAS Students

Type: Open, architecture students


14 October 2012 – Registration deadline

29 November 2012 – Submission deadline

Total Awards: $7,725.00


With the steady advent of new technologies, libraries are becoming more urbanized, collaborative community spaces as well as massive repositories of online data and information. Children, students, and professionals alike utilize libraries as learning platforms; integrating world knowledge, science, history, and technology. The idea of the conventional library as a storehouse of information might become obsolete as traditional books are becoming converted into digital archives. Society is evolving into a Digital Age and embracing new technologies such as downloadable books and devices. Because of this one, one might question what the future library will look like. As awareness of technology grows, new-age libraries should simultaneously grow to accommodate its users. This public center should reach all generations and enable them to learn, interact, and engage with individuals from various cultural and economic backgrounds from all parts of the world.

Not just a quiet, mundane room to sit and read books, libraries will become a place of enlightenment; focusing on learning, natural lighting, and sustainability in both urban and rural communities. This competition will challenge students to investigate and design a public library utilizing Kawneer’s high performing products -including entrances and framing systems, windows, and curtain walls. For example, the designer can specify the new InLighten Light Shelves used in tandem with Versoleil SunShades, and OptiQ Ultra thermal Windows to allow for a more open, smart and sustainable atmosphere.

For more information, go to: http://kawneer.aias.org/