Christian Long

Joshua Prince-Ramus: Seattle’s Library

In TED Talks on May 4, 2010 at 10:04 pm

Reflection by AMBER W.

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Joshua Prince-Ramus: Seattle’s Library

Joshua Prince-Ramus presented his architectual insights on the designs of many projects throughout his TED talk especially the Seattle library.

Never having heard of the Seattle Library, it was surprising to see the very different approach Joshua Prince-Ramus took in the design of the public central library of Seattle. Using what he calls high modernism, he transformed the traditional view of a library into something extremely unique. The library is unlike any other library throughout the United States and due to this, Joshua Prince-Ramus is praised by TED and audience members for his steps in building this very different library.

Yet, the first obstacle Joshua Prince-Ramus had to face were the actual librarians involved with the Seattle library. It was incredible how traditional they wanted their library to stay. Isn’t this true with society in general? Rarely anyone wants to see change. Yet, after seeing the final outcome of their library, the librarians opened up to the new and modernized version of what our society calls a library. In the end, this leaves the question what other traditional views can be altered or should they even be altered? Seeing this library, many would assume this wasn’t even a public venue, rather a building privately owned by a business or collection of businesses.’

Joshua Prince-Ramus is unique because he thinks outside of the box. He strays from the traditional view, believing anything is possible through architecture and wants to discover these possibilites so that society can see these possibilites too. In order to modernize, we need to accept change and leave whats old behind. Who knows, something great could come out of it.


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