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Changing Needs, Changing Libraries in Utrecht, The Netherlands

13th Seminar of The LIBER Architecture Group

22 March – 24 March 2006: programme [PDF]

with a pre-seminar tour 20/21 March in Belgium and the south of The Netherlands Interior of the new Utrecht University Library

In cooperation with: Utrecht University Library, and University Library of Gent.

Picture: Interior of the new Utrecht University Library

The seminar took place in Utrecht , The Netherlands, from Wednesday, March 22, to Friday, March 24, 2006 . The pre-seminar tour starting in Gent, Belgium, covered libraries in Gent as well as in Brussels , Antwerp, Leuven and Maastricht on Monday and Tuesday, March 20/21. On Saturday, March 25, there will be an optional excursion to Delft Technical University Library, Amstelveen Public Library and Cobra Museum of Modern Art.

Questions? Please contact Sylvia van Peteghem, chair of LIBER’s Architecture Working Group.


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  • Monday 20 March

    Pre-seminar tour: Inviting Libraries, Inviting Buildings
    March in Belgium and South of The Netherlands

    Bus trip to Brussels ; visit to the Humanities Library, Université Libre de Bruxelles (architect: Art & Build Architects). Welcome by Jean-Pierre Devroey, Library Director and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Presentation of the Bibliothèque des Sciences Humaines by Christian Brouwer.

    Lunch at the Public Library, Permeke Bibliotheek in Antwerp, including a visit to the library.
    Presentation by the architect Paul Robbrecht on the refurbishing of the Felix Archive Antwerp.

    16.00-17.00 Visit to Library at the Fashion Museum (architect Marie Josée van Hee)

    19.30 Visit to Gent University Library (architect: Henry van de Velde), combined with dinner reception

  • Tuesday 21 March

    08.30-10.00 Bus trip to Leuven , with luggage

    10.00-11.30 Visit to the Science Library, Arenberg Campus, Catholic University Leuven (architect: Rafael Moneo).
    Presentation by Raf Dekeyser, University Librarian em., Catholic University Leuven

    11.30-12.30 Bus trip to Maastricht , The Netherlands
    Lunch at the Bonnefanten Art Museum (Aldo Rossi, architect), Maastricht

    13.30-15.00 Visit to the Centre Ceramique Public Library (Jo Coenen, architect), Maastricht

    15.00-15.30 Walk to University Library Maastricht

    15.30-17.30 Visit to University Library Maastricht (architect: OD205); welcome by John Gilbert, Chief Librarian

  • Wednesday 22 March

    Seminar of The LIBER Architecture Group: Changing Needs, Changing Libraries

    11.00 Session 1 . Opening of the seminar
    a. Welcome by Elmar Mittler (LIBER Architecture Group)
    b. Welcome by Wim Kardux, Member of the Board of Utrecht University

    11.30-13.00 Session 2 . Changing needs, changing architecture

    a. Graham Bulpitt ( Kingston University , Kingston , London ): Changing requirements of students and researchers
    b. Marco De Michelis, IUAV University Venice: Trends in contemporary architecture

    14.00-15.30 Session 3 . Planning pricnciples

    a. Andrew MacDonald (Information Services, University of Sunderland): The Ten Commandments revisited
    b. Tina Hohmann, Dipl. Ing. Arch., MLIS: New aspects of library planning
    c. Panel discussion (Wiel Arets, Thomas Luecking [Gerber Archtitekten Prof. Eckhard Gerber], Tina Hohmann, Andrew McDonald, Marco de Michelis.)
    Ten commandments revisited

    16.00-17.00 Session 4 . Utrecht University Library

    a. Movie: “UBU Portrait” by Henryk Gajewski

    b. Bas Savenije (Utrecht University Library): Building a Living Library and Wiel Arets (architect of the Utrecht University Library): UBU Guided tour to library

  • Thursday 23 March

    09.00-10.30 Session 5 . Contributed papers on refurbished buildings

    a. Pieter Segers: The renovation project of the University Library Nijmegen
    b. Ivana Kadlecova: Knihovna Akademie ved Ceské Republiky, Prague
    c. René Strehler: Library of the Law Institute, University of Zurich

    11.00-12.30 Session 6 . Contributed papers on refurbished buildings

    a. Sylvia van Peteghem: University Library of Gent
    b. Catherine Tresson: Library of the University Denis Diderot – Paris VII
    c. Alison Wilson: Recent developments in Cambridge

    13.45-15.00 Visit to Wageningen University Library (architect: Paul Wintermans)

    a. welcome by Library Director Dick van Zaane
    b. Presentation by architect Paul Wintermans

    16.00-18.00 Visit to Librije and Walburgis Church in Zutphen.

  • Friday 24 March

    09.15-09.45 Session 7 . Contributed papers: New libraries,  Andreas Degkwitz: AD, ICMC, Brandenburg TU, Cottbus

    10:00-10:30 Poster session of Danuta Konieczna, about the new building of New Library of the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn (Poland)

    10.30-12.00 Session 8 . Processes of Architecture competition: The Lausanne example
    a. Nicolas Joye (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne): Campus development
    b. David Aymonin (Library of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne) & Marie-Françoise Bisbrouck (Library of the University Paris-Sorbonne): program and competition
    c. Nicolas Joye & Mirjana Rittmeyer (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne): Project development and planning
    Presentation and pictures

    13.00-14.30 Session 9 . Processes of Architecture competition

    a. Alessandro Bertoni (University Library System, Università Ca’ Foscari, Venice ): New library buildings: alternatives, choices, selections
    b. Panel discussion by the speakers in session 8 and 9

    15.00-17.00 Session 10 . Campus development
    a. François Montarras (University Denis Diderot – Pairs VII): Campus development for the University Denis Diderot – Paris VII
    b. Marta Viragos (Debrecen University Library): Debrecen University Library, Hungary : a campus solution
    c. Art Zaaijer (Architect): Campus planning of The Uithof, followed by a guided tour to the Uithof

    Closing remarks by Bas Savenije (Utrecht University Library), and Elmar Mittler (LIBER Architecture Group)

Utrecht University Library

Utrecht University Library
Drift 27, 3512 BR
The Netherlands

University Library of Gent

University Library of Gent
Sint-Hubertusstraat 8
9000 Gent