These days, technology continues to play a big part in reading, but not always in a good way. Sure, there have been developments in e-book readers and other forms of high-tech gadgets that are amazing, allowing us to save hundreds of thousands of trees, but there is still a down side to them.
In the past years, there have been reports on magazine and newspaper companies going bankrupt, publishing houses closing down, and other problems caused by an unfortunate weakening of print. These are some of the reasons why we should give more importance to the libraries around us.
Whether they’re small or big, libraries have that kind of feel that will definitely never run out of style; a place that would make us forget about the current problems of publishing that the world’s currently experiencing. Some of the most amazing libraries in the world include the Admont Abbey Library in Austria, the Canadian Library of Parliament, the Belarus National Library, and the British Library in London. Despite all of bad stuff happening to print, you can still find libraries around, reminding us of a time when reading a novel doesn’t require charging from a power outlet.
A library that’s utterly amazing and is one of the world’s most creative knowledge spaces could be found in Colombia. The Parque Biblioteca España, a library in the city of Medellin, could take on any new technological advancement anytime because of its structure. It’s also a place that has a more grave history that magazines being cancelled or publishers signing off. Located at the Santo Domingo Savio neighborhood, this famous attraction is a favorite of both tourists and locals because of its unique architecture and role in a town that once struggled.
Covered in black tiles and irregularly-shaped windows and standing on top of the city’s hilly mountains, the ones who designed Parque Biblioteca wanted its visitors to feel as if they’re in another world, something that would get their mind off the things happening outside. This place has been through very tough times—it used to be a place for murders, drug trafficking, and violence (it has even been once referred to as the “Murder Capital of the World”), and this is where a lot of innocent lower classes suffered. It has since been cleaned up, and the city is working on completely eradicating this image. This structure is an example on the efforts they put in making this place better and beautiful.
The levels over at the building’s right hand block serve as spaces for arts and sports, the auditorium serves as venue for film screenings and performances, and the basement is a place for administrative houses. The idea is simple: provide more knowledge to residents of the town and renew a society that has been exploited by drug lords and criminals. There are three buildings here: an auditorium, a library, and a training centre. Visitors will get great views of the valleys below from the library’s terraces and platform.
Over and above everything, Biblioteca España Medellin signifies hope and knowledge—two things that must always be etched in any culture, rich or poor. With this kind of development already manifesting itself today, and despite different types of decline relating to education and reading, there will surely be more promising things in store for this library’s future.