August 21, 2017

Year in Architecture 2016: Designed To Shine

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With solar panels angled south and specially treated windows to let in daylight, the Alpine Branch of the San Diego County Library lessens the use of artificial lighting—one reason it’s the first county building to be zero net energy. CREDITS: Ferguson Pape Baldwin Architects; Design Architect Manuel Oncina; and C.W. Driver, construction; Manuel Oncina Architects, Inc., & Pablo Mason, photo.

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The open plan of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh–Knoxville features views to the exterior, while recessed reading nooks and unique seating in the children’s area reflect the library’s goal to enhance patrons’ overall experience. CREDITS: GBBN/EDGE Studio, architect; photo ©2016 Ed Massery

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Bette-Lee Fox (blfox@mediasourceinc.com) is Managing Editor, Library Journal.

Celebrating her 43rd year with Library Journal, Bette-Lee also edits LJ’s Video Reviews column, six times a year Romance column, and e-original Romance reviews, which post weekly as LJ Xpress Reviews.

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