Future Library2019-01-14 ~ 2019-04-10
Type: Architecture Design
Partner：Young Bird Plan
Submission deadline: April 10th, 2018
Libraries are one of the most fascinating architectural examples of the history of mankind. As the library of Alexandria and the more recent masterpieces of contemporary architecture, the library has always been the center of collection of collective memory. It has always been the place where human experiences could be preserved, crystalized, made eternal. They could be passed on from ancient to new generations.
In a way, the library has to do with eternity. It connects thoughts and experiences beyond space and time. It does so because it is a place, which human beings build in order to draw from the experience of their predecessors. It also does so because first of all the library is a great information collector.
Up to date, history has been passing on such information through the union of paper and ink: books. Books used to need a specifc archiving and consultation space. However, in the era of dematerialization, of virtuality and of the 4.0 world, information has become an impalpable sequence of codes. They are intangible sequences that any device can consult and decode in any moment and any place.
Consequently, on one hand the virtual space is expanding. On the other hand, the physical space is losing ground. Now, including all the places that used to be constant elements of humankind over the centuries have to change connotations and features.
The library is not a place of preservation and consultation anymore. This is because now the access to information goes beyond books.
Therefore, what is the future for libraries? What is the library of the future?
On the basis of these questions, the University of Genoa is delighted to launch Future Library. This is the design competition that invites young people from all over the world to think about the future of places dedicated to learning and knowledge. Through architecture, they will design a completely new model of learning space.
Currently, the virtual universe offers unprecedented opportunities to have access to information. However, it entails uncertainties too. The speed and effciency of research and archiving spaces conﬂict with the reliability and soundness of the sources. This is the never-ending dispute between tradition and innovation. While new and ancient compete for the heart of culture, designers have the opportunity to interpret this change. They will have the chance to originate a new architectural model aiming to orient the international debate about the evolution of cultural spaces. We thanks all the designers who will take part in this challenge.
CODE (competitions for designers) is a platform for the promotion of design competitions. Its purpose is to foster the culture of design and creativity, by turning the constant demand for innovation from many stakeholders into contests that give designers the opportunity to show their talent.
Such a virtuous circle can safeguard the value of design projects and offer answers that perfectly meet the creative needs of companies.
So CODE aims at becoming a prestigious meeting point for talented designers and teams of experts, where the importance of creative work and the potential of design in today’s society can be stressed.
「About Young Bird Plan」
In 2013, Young Bird Plan, founded by Isa Ye, is an international platform for high-quality design competitions. With three key elements: construction, mentor’s guidance and interdisciplinary jury, the platform makes every effort to create opportunities for young designers in China. It is fast becoming a leading voice in global design fields like architecture design, landscaping design, interior design, product design, logo design and fashion design. Young Bird Plan has attracted 622 colleges and universities and 2,657 design firms from 145 cities of 36 countries.
Since establishment, the platform is committed to providing young designers with more practical opportunities with the concept of “Competition makes a different world”. On the other hand, it constantly connects and meets various demands from political, business, and academic circles and actively fills supply and demand gaps among designers, manufacturers, developers, urban operators and users. As a result, design competition projects and related products focusing on urban space and daily life will be further promoted and perfectly made, which contributes to the urbanization in China. It is one of the most influential design competition platforms in the world.
✰ 1° PRIZE
✰ 2° PRIZE
✰ 3° PRIZE
✰ 10 HONORABLE MENTIONS
✰ 30 FINALISTS