[DWJ] Libraries, was Sacking the maids...

Katarina Hjärpe head_overheels at hotmail.com
Fri May 18 02:47:39 EDT 2007


It's not entirely on topic (not even the off-topic topic discussed), but the 
combination of libraries and architects meant I *had* to share this gem:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6654083.stm

I find it a perfectly lovely library for, you know, Smurfs. And where are 
the windows?

Katta

> > You should hear my mother on the subject of the building in which she 
>works
> > (she's a university librarian working in a shiny newly built library).  
>They
> > may have made it strong enough to hold the books, but they made whole 
>walls
> > of windows which can't be opened, completely ignoring (a) the way lots 
>of
> > light ain't so good for books, and (b) all those windows make the place 
>like
> > a greenhouse, and all that heat ain't so good for the books, the people, 
>or
> > the computers.  (And the air-conditioning doesn't work.)
> >
> > Apparently another university library sent a delegation to see this 
>shiny
> > new library building, with a view to hiring the same architect.  Over 
>the
> > protests of the management-types, the librarians showed them all around
> > pointing out each and every flaw in the design.
> >
> > As for missing obvious mistakes...my secondary school had the radiators 
>in
> > the ceilings.  The architect, and everyone else involved, appeared to 
>have
> > completely missed the bit about heat rising.  (And I wouldn't be 
>surprised
> > to learn that that was a contributing factor to the leaky roofs.)

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