The results of a 40-month AHRC funded project led by the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, examining Carnegie Library buildings in the UK, have been published as a resource that can inform conservation practice and standards.
… research around the extent of standardisation evident in Carnegie Library buildings in the UK…
… same maintenance problems under growing financial constraints…
Professor Oriel Prizeman, Director of Postgraduate Research Studies at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, said: ‘The Shelf-Life project builds on previous research around the extent of standardisation evident in Carnegie Library buildings in the UK. Assuming that 100 years on, these buildings would share many of the same maintenance problems under growing financial constraints, having been designed at a time when artificial light was expensive and heat was cheap, the 40-month AHRC funded project aimed to collate both mutual problems and delights.’
‘Using a photographic survey and digital matching and modelling techniques it set out to establish the extent of shared components and deliver steps towards common guidance with respect to the challenges of their ongoing care. Looking forward, we hope to build on the connections we have identified to help secure the future enjoyment of these resources.’
See the new resource at Carnegie Libraries of Britain
See more background at Taylor Francis Online