Books, Buildings and Social Engineering

Books, Buildings and Social Engineering

by Alistair Black
     
 

ISBN-10: 0754672077

ISBN-13: 9780754672074

Pub. Date: 06/01/2009

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Public libraries have strangely never been the subject of an extensive design history. Consequently, this important and comprehensive book represents a ground-breaking socio-architectural study of pre-1939 public library buildings. A surprisingly high proportion of these urban civic buildings remain intact and present an increasingly difficult architectural problem

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Overview

Public libraries have strangely never been the subject of an extensive design history. Consequently, this important and comprehensive book represents a ground-breaking socio-architectural study of pre-1939 public library buildings. A surprisingly high proportion of these urban civic buildings remain intact and present an increasingly difficult architectural problem for many communities. The book thus includes a study of what is happening to these historic libraries now and proposes that knowledge of their origins and early development can help build an understanding of how best to handle their future.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754672074
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/01/2009
Edition description:
1
Pages:
486
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Introduction; Part 1 Contexts: The public library and society, 1850-1939: Periodisation, social control and social engineering. Part 2 Periods of Public Library Design: Pioneer public library buildings, 1850-1883; Public library buildings in the age of serial philanthropy, 1883-1914; Modernism and the public library between the wars. Part 3 Thematic Studies: Readers help themselves: the open access revolution; Children's libraries; The library as monument and machine. Part 4 The Past in the Present: New for old?; Conclusion; Appendix; Select bibliography; Index.

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