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Sustainable interactive information hub design

Zainal Abidin, Nurdiyana and Akasah , Zainal Abidin and Mohd Annuar, Nurul Huda Sustainable interactive information hub design. In: The International Conference on Civil and Environmental Engineering Sustainability (IConCEES 2011), 3-5 April 2012, Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

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Abstract

Library designs have evolved throughout the century as buildings that not only housed reading materials but also as a place for acquiring knowledge and learning. However, with the availability of the information technology and the internet where anything and everything is within the reach of everyone and anyone, the need and role of libraries is being questioned. The current situation in Malaysia indicates that there are a decreasing number of library visitors as well as a decreasing number of Malaysians who are engaged in reading. Thus there is the need to rethink the role and function of future libraries if libraries are to remain relevant. Needs of the new generation can be addressed through a sustainable library design that incorporates traditional and innovative library functions and programs. The goal is to make libraries being seen as more than just a library and a building that houses reading materials. This paper discusses the possibilities of libraries being a community building which further expands its functions as a social and cultural activities area. The issues that are tackled in this paper are based on the design functions of sustainable libraries and the additional activities that can be incorporated, the library image visually and the library spaces that will encourage social interactions. Mix-methods methodologies with case studies, interviews and questionnaires were used to gather data where the focus of the data gathering was on gaining relevant information and better understanding on the potential designs of modern public libraries and innovative library program. Synthesis of the new data and existing information was used in discussing potential functions and design elements of sustainable modern libraries design that would attract the current generation of internet and information technology. Based on the synthesis and adaptations, suggestions were put forward in terms of the spatial design layout, the new building program to be adapted and the architecture that should be applied in future sustainable libraries. The outcome of this research is the design and layout of a public library that is a sustainable Interactive Information Hub.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: sustainable facilities; spatial library layout design; functions; image
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Depositing User: Normajihan Abd. Rahman
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2012 06:41
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2012 06:41
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/2547
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