The newly opened library in Norway, Deich-man Bjørvika, looks like a stack of books (pictured), located in the most privileged area of Oslo. Seeing it, I look forward to one day Singapore can also build a library in Marina Bay instead of a flagship store of a certain brand.
When the library was completed, a book-moving event was held. 1,000 children participated and moved 6,000 children’s books from the old library to the new library, passing through the old palace area and fashionable commercial streets, from the past to the future. One of the children said: Books are important because they allow you to live different lives.
The new library, also located in Northern Europe and Finland, is also actively looking for a role for the library that is more in line with the positioning of the new era. In addition to borrowing books, the library can also rent board games, barbecue grills, Ipads, etc.
Deichman Bjørvika Library is Norway’s oldest cultural institution, with a history of 235 years, managing 22 public libraries. The more stable the traditional roots are, the more innovative the soil is. The library of the future should not only be satisfied with the traditional role of borrowing and returning books, but should be more active and diverse in transferring knowledge and creativity. Therefore, the Norwegian library has not only restaurants, bars, and cinemas, but also various workshops and classrooms. , Allowing the public to use various machines for free creation, and even have a recording room for recording audio programs.
The library is also conducting an interesting experiment. In today’s era when you don’t know what will happen to the future and your plans cannot keep up with the changes, will you have the courage and wisdom to draw up a hundred-year plan and a publishing plan that lasts for a hundred years. Will people still read paper books by then? Does the printing machine still exist? Even if there are various unknowns, there is still no way to prevent the Norwegian Library from promoting the publication plan called “Books of the Future”.
Curated by Scottish artist Katie Pater-son. Since 2014, the Norwegian government has planted 1,000 trees in the suburbs of Oslo. Every year, it invites a famous writer from all over the world to write a book. The number of words is unlimited, but the content must be kept confidential and no photos. Or illustration. It is also a challenge for the first writer to participate. If there is no accident, he will not be able to see the publication of the book, the feedback from the critics and the opinions of the readers. This makes writing even more lonely, and writing is not the case. ?
After the work is completed, it will be stored in a glass box, locked with a traditional lock, and placed on the top floor of the new library (worrying that the climate will warm in the future, water will flood the bottom of the library). 100 years later, in 2114, the trees in the suburbs were also ready for use, and they were made into paper for printing 100 books that have been completed over a century. This is a poetic idea, a set of books dedicated to the future. Only when it is done now can the future come. Although no one knows what the future will be, they still have to make a promising promise for the future.