the library re-imagined
Athenaeum: The Library Re-imagined, a collaborative publication and event, produced and curated by the MRes Communication Design cohort at the Royal College of Art, sets out to make the Library visible once more. How does the definition of the library change when we move beyond its physical walls (or does it)? How might we design more equitable, sustainable, imaginative systems for creating and facilitating the sharing and creation of knowledge?
Research Biennale 2021
The publication Athenaeum: The Library Re-imagined
and the event broadcast are part of the RCA Research Biennale 2021
The contributions in Athenaeum reflect on topics ranging from the act of reading to what it would mean for books to ‘perform’ using 3D typography. They pilot new modes of thinking about what the library could feel like, what new opportunities for community building might emerge if we searched for books via memes, or encountered library collections serendipitously while walking outdoors.
Together, the chapters in this publication act as a kind of ‘how to’, not in the sense of a definitive set of steps for achieving a single defined outcome, but as a set of shimmering possibilities, guiding us toward someplace new.