Call for Ideas: Tiny Library 2021 Architecture Competition

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Location: Conceptual
Categories: Idea, Public Buildings, Public Space, Public Infrastructure
Registration deadline: April 22, 2021, at 11:59 PM
Submission deadline: April 30, 2021, at 11:59 PM
1St Prize: 1,000 $
Language: English
Organizers: Volume Zero

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Summary: Participants are to design a Tiny Library optimized for 100 users engaging multifunctional spaces for all ages with a renewed spatial experience. The Tiny Library is to be equipped with traditional reading material including modern formats like e-books, audiobooks, audiovisual books, etc.
The space designed should function as a centralized think tank for the local communities with an aim to boost public interactions and community development.

Description: “A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.” – Mark Twain American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer

With the world constantly evolving, there is a ton of information being formulated out there. The human civilization is expected to keep up with this change and evolve with this developing world to open up multiple possibilities for a better future. Despite all the information available around us, the only way to best access it, is through reading and self-learning. As a major tool for the 21st century, self-learning is an important skill that is to be refined for future generations as they journey through education and beyond.

Despite its importance, education is largely inaccessible to various disadvantaged communities in both urban and rural areas around the world. The pandemic raging currently has come with its own set of challenges when it comes to learning or working distantly. While we face a future that we cannot foresee, the ability to adapt and learn is key. It is important to power the growth of like-minded networks. Hence self-learning through reading is the only way to equip ourselves and our community with the mobility we need to combat this unknown future.

Books as vehicles of knowledge have helped mankind evolve through the ages and the world along with it. In order to make information more accessible, books have been transformed into digital, audio, and visual formats.
Despite all these efforts, books continue to be inaccessible to various communities across the globe. It is important that we focus on how to bridge the gap between education and all such isolated communities.
A library as an educational incubator is a space that not only sheds light on conventional means of knowledge but also encourages its users to interact, share ideas and grow together. Rather than accepting urban migration as a given, a library can be designed with an aim to restore dignity and induce development.
Can we envision a 21st-century library that encourages exploration, creation and collaboration between communities? It’s time we ignite the new age movement of learning.

Find more information at the competition website!

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