REX proposes cluster strategy for calgary's new central library
adaptability: despite an increased need to accommodate change, contemporary library design still relies on an outmoded version of flexibility: one size fits all. the promise of a blank slate upon which any activity can occur has produced sterile, surprisingly inflexible environments, where functions blend confusingly and rooms or individual spaces lack unique character. as their functions multiply and specialize, and operational budgets dwindle, the 'blank slate libraries' can rarely afford to accommodate the expansion, evolution, and increased specificity of their offerings. when they can, these alterations come at the expense of other equally vital elements. the result is not freedom, but imprisonment within a sterile box.