Public Library of the Future
Genre: Speculative design
By presenting four thought provoking scenarios of possible futures for the public library, the project invites people to reflect upon the issues that these institutions are facing and to examine the implications of taking the public library in certain directions. Each scenario was carefully designed to be credible and yet to extrapolate a particular issue or trend.
The project end goal is not actually to design the public library of the future, rather is to materialize the issues in order to spark discussions. Watching the scenarios helps people experience the issues and see the consequences of certain choices, like accepting that print books are obsolete because of the popularization of e-books, for example. The provocative nature of the scenarios stimulates people to reflect on the matter and to discuss it.
This is an academic project. It was originally featured as an installation at Concordia University's Design and Computation Arts End of Year Exhibition 2012.