Note: We’ve shared a few items about the “Library Test Kitchen” (an advanced seminar at the Harvard Graduate School of Design) earlier this year and also about one year ago. Links to these posts are found at the bottom of this post.
The following report provides a look at some of the student projects that were featured at the Fall 2013 Library Test Kitchen open house.
From the Harvard Gazette:
The course is a seminar about thinking up and making up new stuff, while shaking up normal conceptions of the traditional library. “The motivation is to get students really looking into the library and its future,” said course co-instructor Jeff Goldenson, a designer at the Harvard Library Innovation Lab. He said one aim of the course was “fun” and another was “interestingness.” Helping Goldenson this fall were Loeb Library Director Ann Whiteside; Jessica Yurkofsky, MUP ’12; and Jeffrey Schnapp, director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Schnapp is also the author, with colleague Matthew Battles, of the forthcoming “The Library Beyond the Book.” [Clip] Ben Ruswick, a M.Arch.-I student, joined two other students to design a 4-by-4-foot outdoor library: 25 linear feet of used books under a hydrophobic roof, complete with shelves, chair, and reading lamp. Above will be a camera taking periodic stills that may stream onto the Web. “We’re interested in the idea that people associate libraries with structures to hold books,” and then shaking up that idea, he said. “This whole course is about re-thinking.” Hong agreed, and seconded another observation Ruswick had: that the Library Test Kitchen shakes loose levels of creativity that are helpful, especially for a student working on a final thesis. “The great thing about the class,” she said, “is there was a lot of freedom.”
Read the Complete Article Includes a look at several projects.
See Also: Direct to Library Test Kitchen Web Site