New Library Functions for Co-Creation and Community
Libraries must be local citizens arenas buzzing with energy and active minds. The adults experience new perspectives and socializing, while the children get a space for active learning where they can play, run and sing while exploring the wonders of children's literature and culture.
Traditionally, libraries have been a place of concentration with a ban on noise and disturbances. But in a digital society – with knowledge and information available everywhere – we need to rethink the relevance of our public venues and develop libraries that fit new needs in the 21st century.
With our activating design concepts, we work to transform libraries from collections of books to social hotspots for community and co-creation. The physical layout should reflect people's innate need for social interaction by creating differentiated learning environments where children, teenagers and adults can meet, collaborate and immerse themselves in projects.
We work strategically to create spaces for serendipity – the art of making unplanned, fortunate discoveries, as described by Peter Van Andel in Anatomy of the unsought finding and by library researcher Lennart Björneborn who consider serendipity central for the facilitating library didactic. Libraries must provide new interfaces for knowledge, so users readily discover, use and learn from the resources at hand. And easily share them with peers.
At Rosan Bosch Studio, we combine the library with cultural functions and create dynamic centers relevant to local citizens. Libraries must be the cause joy and engagement – the place you go to for new perspectives.