When we organize books, we create patterns. We become familiar with the particular shapes of books on shelves. With spines facing outward, we glean essential information at a glance — the title, the author, whether the book is new, or worn and used. As our information needs and technologies evolve, what changes in our book spaces? Bookshelves are reorganized, consolidated, moved. The mapping of digital information is not linear or hierarchical; our search patterns are increasingly web-like. How do we imagine the shapes of libraries to come?
library building is composed of four handmade cotton paper castings. Each folio has four pages, representing the walls of a room. The book was created at Minnesota Center for Book Arts, where I began to see book-like patterns in all around me, from the cases of metal type to the bricks in the walls.
Handmade cotton castings