In the article, Library Redefined, the tradition library, a bastion of solidarity and a collection of referendum, is challenged. Instead an information commons develops as a hub of technology, content, and services, thus blurring the lines between studying and socializing. The contemporary library marks a shift in the function of people in the space. Where a library was once used solely for books and resources, it is now a center for academic socialization. The space required for this new function is relatively amorphous, therefore the built environment must be able to respond and support that ambiguity. Because the traditional function is not completely obsolete (there are still shelves of books), it must be acknowledged and still have its place. Today’s libraries generally segregate individual and collaborative usages. These collaborative spaces can be made more conducive to customization through the integration of furniture that is adaptable to changing social atmospheres.

Through several examples, one can witness this change in function. Furniture pieces, such as ones made by Herman Miller, are designed and built with adaptability at its core. Furniture pieces are easily movable, configurable, and modifiable to allow users to create their own space based on their individual or group needs. The Ethospace line of furniture has features such as wheels for mobility, transparent walls for the semi-privatization of spaces which also dual function as writing surfaces, and movable walls for spatial modification. This contributes to integrated learning through adaptable spaces. EN_ETH_P_20120428_024_P EN_RES_R_20090918_004_P musashino-10_floorplan Stuttgart-library-by-Eun-Young-Yi-4

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