REX proposes cluster strategy for calgary's new central library
library as public lighthouse: the last several decades have revealed an accelerated erosion of the interior public domain, replaced by increasingly sophisticated and entertaining forms of the private, where one must pay to play. but the essence of the public is that it is free. in north america, the library has become the last repository of free, interior public space. beyond maximizing the functional program’s desired relationships, NCL’s vertical organization expands this last free interior public space into a markedly inspirational experience.