December 19, 2014

Year in Architecture 2012: A Study in Grace

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Interconnections of learning and living are the key to the flexibility of the new 15,500 square foot Commons at the Richard J. Daley Library, University of Illinois at Chicago. CREDITS: David Woodhouse Architects, architect; photo, Christopher Barrett.

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A grey limestone exterior mixed with iron-spot brick on the American Bureau of Shipping Information Commons at Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Buzzards Bay, achieves a building skin that is distinctive and contextual. CREDITS: Perry Dean Rogers l Partners Architects, architect; photo, Richard Mandelkorn Photography.

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There is nothing square about the Cube at the William E. Morgan Library, Colorado State University, Fort Collins. The 24-hour study space has tons of glass for a panorama of campus views. CREDITS: Studiotrope Design Collective, architect; photo, John Eisele, Colorado State University.

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More all-day, all-night study occurs at the two-story Center for Science & Social Science Information, Yale University, New Haven, CT, with group study rooms and a sunken courtyard in a space that combines the operations of three formerly separate units. CREDITS: Apicella & Bunton LLC, architect; photo, Carl Kaufman © Yale University.

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The Steelcase LearnLab™ at the Roland G. Parrish Library of Management and Economics at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, is a technology-enhanced active learning classroom that incorporates multiple learning styles in a single setting. CREDITS: Mark R. Beebe, Moody Nolan, RQAW Corp., McGee Designhouse, architects; photo, Mark S. Simons, Office of Marketing and Media, Purdue University.

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