Hi all,
This is a link to the Time Saver Standards_ Building Type: Library.
And if we can start to write down the name of the books that we gathered from the library so we can know what are the missing books to gather them as soon as possible, Because each one can have 7 books only from the library so we can divide them.
Thank you

I have : The Diagrams Of Architecture.
Digital Diagrams I and II

Diagrams as Design Tools

‘Diagram’ is one of the most used tools in architecture. diagrams are used to explain and deliver the core ideas of a project, on the formal, programmatic and systematic level. 
diagram= visual tool that conveys compressed information.
There are two main types of diagrams that i like to call: 
analytical (diagrams analysing a finished project) and 
strategic ( diagrams paving the way for a project to take form). 
In this assignment, you will do both: you will produce analytical diagrams for the case study & the spatial/organization research, and strategic diagrams for your program and manifesto.
Poche and Partis Diagrams are one example for analytical diagrams: these diagrams analyze mostly form and building systems. below there is one spread of the architectural drawings, and immediately below them, the poche & partis diagrams. each drawing show a type of information: structure, relationship of plan to section, geometry, hierarchy. Analytical diagrams in that case are abstracted versions of the architectural drawings.

On the other hand, strategic diagrams are used for brainstorming core ideas of a design process, and later conveying those ideas to clients. They are powerful elements of design: the strategic content of diagrams will later translate into the formal approach.  As we have seen yesterday, Rem Koolhaas’ Seattle Library’s massing derived from the diagram which reinterpreted the program. Joshua Prince-Ramus, labels their process as ‘hyperrationalist’ – which implies a process of organization – both spatial and programmatic.

More examples of programmatic diagrams on another project by REX NY, the kortrijk-lllibrary.
visit their website for more examples of diagramming. 

and other random examples of good representation.

Centre Pompidou

link to figure ground map

session 2

Hi Class,

Just a small recap of your to do list for this weekend:
1-respond to the readings online (300 words).
2-research types of media materials to be housed in a library(printed AND digital), library classification systems (decimal/dewey system versus others)
3-diagram spatial & organizational requirements of a national library, with capacity of 2 million items (this will be the capacity of your library).
books are measured by linear meters of shelving instead of square meters The Library of Congress states that its collection fills about 838 miles (1,349 km) of bookshelves,[15] while the British Library reports about 625 kilometres (388 mi) of shelves.[16] The Library of Congress holds about 147 million items with 33 million books against approximately 150 million items with 25 million books for the British Library.[15][16] )
4-diagram relationships of your contemporary case study ( flows of users/program/site)
5-diagram your proposed program + manifesto, which should address physical & digital media culture, the role of the library and the new program( re-watch the posted video+diagrams as a good example).

Now it is all about understand the components of the public library and to rethink its role and program through diagrams.


Next Session

Dear Class,
for those of you who left early, please bring next time a sample of your work on maximum 2 A4 and the tools needed to do a workshop ( laptop, sketchbook, butterpaper, pens, research).
Each Thursday will be a workshop format, so make sure you bring your stuff each time.
Also please read the two texts posted in reading, and prepare to discuss them in class.

Groups for Assignment 1

  1. Centre Pompidou/Joy/Fadi
  2. Vancouver Central Library /Cinderella/ Sebastian
  3. Exeter Library/ Mohammad AA/ Hamza
  4. Seattle Public Library/ Hamparsoum/ Khaled/Mohammad D
  5. Sendai Mediatheque/ Patrick/ Youssef
  6. Bibliotheque Nationale de France/ Rani/Ali
  7. Bibliotheca Alexandria/ Imad/ Nisrine
  8. Tama Art University Library/ Mohammad S/ Nour
  9. Jussieu Public Library/Younes/Georges
  10.  Utrecht/Stephanie/ Amira

Updated Bibliography

Hello Class,
I have updated the bibliography to include more books available at LAU Library. Please use the one online instead of the one you already have.
Also, please check and confirm that your name is spelled correctly in the list under people.

Assignment 1: Program and Organization

In groups of two

1. Investigate the crisis of the public library in the internet age from at least 5 sources. Analyse, debate and extract preliminary key ideas 

2. research the programmatic and spatial requirements of a traditional public library

3. study one of the following projects in terms of exchanges between users, programmatic elements and site flows. You need to diagram the three mentionned specifities of the project.

Centre Pompidou, France by Richard Rogers
Bibliotheca Alexandria, Egypt
Bibliotheque Nationale by Dominique Perrault
Phoenix Central Library
Vancouver Central Library- Safdie Architects
Seattle Public Library- OMA
Jussieu Public Library- OMA
Utrecht University Library- Wiel Arets
Sendai Mediatheque- Toyo Ito
State Library Berlin- Hans Sharoun
Exeter Library, Louis Kahn
Tama Art University Library,Toyo Ito


4. Based on your analysis, present a program proposal for the National Public Library,
This proposal should be innovative and speculative that rethinks the traditional performance of a library in the age of information. 
It should be presented in series of diagrams showing new relationships between users and programmatic elements.