FUTURE LIBRARY TOKYO

In a digitalized world where the technology seems to connect people on a larger and faster pace than ever, it appears that the actual inter-personal connectivity is lost. And so are the “old ways” of doing things such as raising our own food in the yard, or going to the library to read and lend books.

This is especially true of Japan, where the digital sphere is so advanced that it seems to knock off the old traditions that once ruled this land. And not only that, the technological race the country has set on in the last decades has brought forth a phenomenon of very crowded cities with yet, very lonely and detached citizens.

Modern cities meet the needs of modern man - there is a high density that potentially contributes to personal connections, but nevertheless in many large cities in the world despite the high density - there is no places for random encounters. The modern world is constantly changing and with it the human mind which is beginning to look at the world as a 3D through the evolving technology which influences us on every level. We are constantly wandering about - whether in the “social” networks or in the constant switching about in many areas of interest in life.

Unfortunately, the architecture (as a subject and through its messengers the architects), has not progressed with all the advances in technology and so the spaces have remained two-dimensional. Nowadays, architecture has many answers, but it does not ask the right questions.

Our question must come from a search for a new methodology, new way of thinking about spaces and through it to plan.

I believe that in our role as architects and as those who are in charged with urban planning, we bear the responsibility and the commitment to create spaces which allow for as many interpersonal encounters and experiences as possible.

The EYWA AntiLibrary in Tokyo brings with it the revolution – and perhaps even the advent of the new integration of libraries as an integral and viable part of the metropolitan.

The EYWA tree is an inspiration from Avatar’s tree of life. In it the tree is the source of all energies and it’s the source of life through which all the living things are supported and connected. This Futuristic library is likened to this tree because it is one of the living sources for social interpersonal encounters and for actual tangible knowledge. The tree is alive, and it gives life through its roots and its seeds. And so will this Anti-Library.

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