The library is fighting for its survival. The digital revolution has struck a hard blow to the library's historic status of being the only place of accumulated knowledge. Luckily, a number of contemporary projects seem determined in wanting to ensure the continued relevance of the library as an institution and societal focal point.
New York, city of soaring skyscrapers and posterchild of Western capitalism. The city sports some of modern civilization’s crowning structural achievements, such as the emblematic Art Deco-style Chrysler Building, Mies van der Rohe’s Seagram Building and possibly the world’s most famous skyscraper, the Empire State Building.
Making structures to overcome obstacles is inherent in human nature. Although the concept of a bridge is simple in nature, modern bridge design and construction entails serious ingenuity. Today, the construction of bridges is a cross-disciplinary enterprise that requires the close collaboration of artists, architects, designers and engineers.
Like a northern Venice, the city's primary tourist draw is its canals and quaint, narrow, 17th century UNESCO-listed houses. But don't be fooled, the city has heaps more to offer its visitors architecturally than merely charm and atmosphere.
Designing a museum is a privilege for most architects. Since museums tend to be highly prestigious endeavors for the city, the architects can get away with a uniquely spectacular design, which they would not dream to propose, had it been any other type of building.