Logotopia: The Library in Architecture, Art and the Imagination (January 17, 2009)

Organized by Cambridge Galleries in Ontario, this touring exhibition runs from January 17 to February 22, 2009 at the Mount St. Vincent University Art Gallery in Halifax.


Logotopia (from the Ancient Greek “logos”, meaning “word” and “topos”, meaning “place”) presents notable examples of library architecture, including Biblioteca Alexandria in Egypt (Snøhetta Architects), the Grande Bibliotheque in Montreal (Patkau Architects), the Hespeler Library in Cambridge (Kongats Architects), and the Library of a Poet in Japan (Shigeru Ban Architects). Also included are thematically related art, literature, and artifacts of popular culture.


The illustrated catalogue that accompanies the exhibition includes contributions by writers (Lise Bissonnette, Ray Bradbury, Alberto Manguel, Robert Jan van Pelt, Nora Young) and artists (Adam David Brown, Douglas Coupland, Denis Farley, Guy Laramée, Michael Lewis) as well as the featured architects.


A panel discussion at the gallery on “The Future of Library Design” takes place on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at 7:00pm. Panelists will discuss the functionality of public buildings, focusing on the changing needs of libraries in a research world no longer dominated by the stacks. Panelists include Halifax Public Libraries CEO Judith Hare, architect Talbot Sweetapple, and Mount Saint Vincent University Extended Services Librarian Denyse Rodrigues.


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