By Alistair Black
For the 1st hundred years or so in their heritage, public libraries in Britain have been in-built an array of revivalist architectural types. This backward-looking culture used to be decisively damaged within the Sixties as many new libraries have been erected up and down the country.
In this new Routledge book, Alistair Black argues that the architectural modernism of the post-war years was once symptomatic of the age’s spirit of renewal. within the Nineteen Sixties, public libraries really grew to become ‘libraries of light’, and Black additional explains how this word not just describes the shining new library designs – with their open-plan, decluttered, Scandinavian-inspired designs – but additionally serves as a metaphor for the general public library’s position as a beacon of social egalitarianism and cultural universalism.
A sequel to Books, structures and Social Engineering (2009), Black's new publication takes his interesting tale of the layout of British public libraries into the period of architectural modernism.
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Libraries of Light: British public library design in the long 1960s by Alistair Black