Il tuo volto silvano. La biblioteca sostenibile

Il tuo volto silvano: Vestiti leggeri e freschi pensieri. Edifici, pratica e didattica. Una breve panoramica delle iniziative e dei dibattiti  sulle biblioteche sostenibili nelle isole Britanniche. RelatoreCarla Marchesan Bibliotecaria e Tutor presso la Prince’s School of Traditional Arts e The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, Londra (Regno Unito).


Questo intervento prende brevemente in considerazione le seguenti tematiche. I principali dibattiti correnti sulla sostenibilità nell’ambiente edificabile: nuove tecnologie, bio-edilizia e tradizione & sostenibilità.
Possibili implicazioni della consulenza di bibliotecari e utenti nella progettazione di biblioteche e centri informazione.
L’uso di fornitori sostenibili. La posizione di architetti e società edilizie nel dibattito sulla sostenibilità, e quindi la scelta di fornitori, ha un grosso impatto sull’ambiente, poiché influenza l’uso di materie prime, l’impatto della produzione e uso di materiali edili, l’impatto degli edifici, i loro contenuti e il tessuto urbano durante la loro vita, l’influenza sull’ambiente e sugli esseri umani, la produzione di materiali di scarto e infine il destino degli edifici in disuso.
Il ruolo educativo di bibliotecari accademici e che lavorano nelle aziende di settore nel forgiare i professionisti di un futuro sostenibile.
Digitalizzazione, tecnologia cellulare, OERS, MOOCS, e altre risorse collaborative e condivise, e il ruolo dei bibliotecari nel creare, valutare ed insegnare.

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Your sylvan face: Light garments and novel thoughts. Buildings, practice and education. A brief perspective on the strategies and debates on sustainable libraries in the British Islands.

SpeakerCarla Marchesan Librarian & Tutor, Prince’s School of Traditional Arts (Mon to Wed) & The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community (Thurs to Fri), London, UK

Abstract: This paper will briefly consider the following.
The main views concerning sustainability in the built environment: New technologies, working with nature and tradition & sustainability.
Some of the possible implications of the role of librarians and library users as consultants in the design stage of libraries and learning centres.

Sustainable supply chain. The stance practices and builders have within the sustainability debate, and therefore the choices they make with regard the supply chain, have far reaching consequences, as they affects the exploitation of raw materials, the impact of the production and use of building materials, the impact of buildings, their contents and the urban fabric over their life time on the environment and on people; the byproducts and finally the disposal of unused buildings.

The role of academic and practice librarians as educators to forge and support sustainable practitioners.

Digitisation, mobile technology, OERS, MOOCS & other collaborative and shared resources, and the role of librarians to: create, assess, deliver.

SPQR-ND: interpreting the Roman Forum through early architectural publications

SPQR-ND: Interpreting the Roman Forum Through Early Architectural Publications

Speaker: Viveca Pattison Robichaud

Abstract: The University of Notre Dame’s Architecture Library, School of Architecture, and the Center for Digital Scholarship developed the SPQR-ND iPad Application which is now freely available for download in the iPad App Store.

This project started because of student desire to access the rare and antique architectural publications from our Ryan Rare Book Room that include plans, sections, and elevations of important buildings and monuments in the historic city center of Rome while studying in Rome during their third year and grew into a new model to study historic structures.

The Architecture Library’s rare book collection houses many important publications that document the historic city center of Rome and the Roman Forum including Andrea Palladio’s I Quattro Libri dell’Architettura (1570), Antoine Babuty Desgodets’ Les Édifices Antiques de Rome, Dessinés et Mesurés Très Exactement (1682), Domenico de’ Rossi’s Stvdio d’Architettvra Civile (1702-1721), Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s Varie Vedute di Roma (1748), and George Ledwell Taylor and Edward Cresy’s The Architectural Antiquities of Rome (1874). These texts, among others, were digitized and made available in full-text searchable PDF format on the Architecture Library’s website under “Digitized Rare Books” ( DigitizedRareBooks.shtml).

While this solved the problem of providing access to these rare volumes to our students abroad, we were interested in combining the historic methods of documenting and representing the built environment found in these texts with mapping and mobile applications as a way to bring the library into the field.

Our goal was to provide students, scholars, and the general public with the opportunity to study the monuments of the Roman Forum through this important collection of early architectural publications and create a unique way to visualize the development of Rome. With over 1,500 buildings and monuments digitized, we knew that we needed to start with a project that we could achieve and that could stand as a model to be expanded on and refined going forward, so we focused specifically on the Roman Forum. Architecture students who work in the library were involved with the process and plan and worked gathering, collecting and presenting the data while the team built a deliverable model. Based on a suggestions from the Dean of the School of Architecture we called our project SPQR-ND. Our project provides the fully digitized publications virtually broken apart in order to study different By Viveca Pattison Robichaud, University of Notre Dame

SPQR-ND Home Screen. SPQR-ND Map Homepage. SPQR-ND Layers, Nolli map layered on 2013 Satellite View. interpretations of particular monuments in the Forum sideby-side. The SPQR-ND app is designed to allow access to historic documentation of the monuments through either a map view or with a browsable list. Each monument entry contains a historic drawing and a current photograph, which the viewer can fade between, demonstrating the transition over time and showing the current state of the monument. Each of the historic plates is zoomable and each monument features multiple representations. Bibliographic information on each plate is given allowing the viewer to find the plate within the context of the original volume, either in-person or digitally from the Architecture Library’s website. Each monument in the SPQR-ND app is geolocated, which enables the user to understand not just their design but also their physical placement in the Forum through visualizing them on a map. The app also includes layers of historic maps of Rome. These maps, Giambattista Nolli’s 1748 map, Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s 1778 map, Taylor-Cresy’s 1874 map, a 2013 satellite map, and a hand drawn map of the Roman Forum by fourth year architecture student Michi Aman, are presented together as layers, which the viewer can fade through to see changes over time as represented by cartographers. The user is able to compare visually the different historic conceptions of the layout of Rome. This project started at the request of our students who study in Rome, and we have involved students in each phase of the process, from scanning the texts, virtually breaking apart the volumes to pull out the buildings and monuments, geolocating them in Rome, and creating content for the app. Students who work on the app are given attribution for their work within the app itself, and we have a waiting list of students interested in working for the Architecture Library because they want to work on these projects. Future plans for the SPQR-ND app include not only making it available on an iPhone, but also adding additional monuments and buildings within the center of Rome, translating the app into multiple languages, and developing a 3D viewer that will allow users to study highquality scanned data stitched together to create a virtual monument. For those interested in learning more about the SPQR-ND app, it will be presented in the Emerging Technologies Forum at the ARLIS/NA Annual Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, this upcoming March. 

Green library suppliers – partners for Green libraries

Green library suppliers – partners for Green libraries

Speaker: Andreas Ptack

Director of EKZ Marketing and Sales, Head of the department Library Equipment / Library Interiors

AbstractAgainst the background of globalization and a new awareness by customers, sustainability and environmental management have become more and more important.

In 2011 ekz.bibliotheksservice GmbH, the largest German library supplier, implemented an environmental management strategy and achieved DIN EN ISO 14001 certification. This certification is becoming as important as the certification ISO 9001, which is an international measure of requirements for quality management systems. The DIN 14001 standard supports companies in systemology, and well-documented, objective and continual evaluation of their environmental performance.

This presentation focusses on environmental management and describes the basic considerations to be taken into account before introducing such a management approach. It describes the enterprise ekz and the steps to be taken throughout the process. To conclude, the next stage in the process is described and a view of where the business is going in terms of environmental awareness is outlined.

Dal libro alla mappa …e ritorno

Dal libro alla mappa… e ritorno: il collegamento tra Catalogo e cartografia dei beni architettonici in Emilia-Romagna come esempio di collaborazione per la valorizzazione. 

RelatoreIlaria Di Cocco, Responsabile Ufficio Paesaggio Segretariato Regionale per i Beni Culturali e Paesaggistici dell’Emilia Romagna.

Abstract: Le biblioteche di architettura del polo bolognese stanno sperimentando la possibilità di utilizzare come ulteriore elemento di catalogazione il codice identificativo dei beni architettonici emiliano-romagnoli presenti all’interno della cartografia informatizzata WebGis sviluppata dalla Segretariato regionale per l’Emilia-Romagna del MiBACT. Sarà così possibile legare fra loro i libri incentrati sullo stesso monumento o serie di monumenti, collegati con la localizzazione e la schedatura degli stessi e, viceversa, partire dal territorio e dal suo patrimonio culturale per giungere alla bibliografia più aggiornata che lo descrive.

L’intervento sarà introdotto da Sabina Magrini, Dirigente, Segretario regionale del Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo per l’Emilia Romagna.

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From books to maps round trip: a cooperation between OPAC bibliographic records and architectural heritage mapping.

SpeakerIlaria Di Cocco, Head, Office of Landscape, Regional Secretariat for Emilia-Romagna of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage.

Abstract: The Architecture Libraries, that belong to the Bologna’s library network node, are testing – as an additional cataloguing entry to the knowledge of architectural Emilia-Romagna heritage – the applications offered by WebGis developed by the Emilia-Romagna Regional Secretariat of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, in order to link any single monument or architectural complex to its related bibliography.

The speech is introduced by Sabina Magrini, Dirigente, Segretario regionale del Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo per l’Emilia Romagna.

Andreas Ptack


Andreas Ptack

Resumé: Andreas Ptack is Director of EKZ Marketing and Sales, Head of the department Library Equipment / Library Interiors; works @ekz since 9 years.

Contacts:  ekz.bibliotheksservice GmbH – Bismarckstraße 3, 72764 Reutlingen, Germany

Tel +49-7121-144240; Email: Andreas.ptack(at)

He takes part in the 14th CNBA Day with the speech on Green library suppliers – partners for Green libraries.

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Curriculum: Andreas Ptack dirige il settore Marketing e Vendite dell’EKZ ed è Direttore del Dipartimento “Forniture per biblioteche/Interni di biblioteche”; lavora per EKZ da 9 anni.

Contatti:  ekz.bibliotheksservice GmbH – Bismarckstraße 3, 72764 Reutlingen, Germany

Tel +49-7121-144240; Email: Andreas.ptack(at)

Andrea Ptack interviene alla 14a Giornata CNBA con l’intervento Fornitori “verdi” di biblioteche – partner per biblioteche “verdi”.

Libraries as Green Buildings

Libraries as Green Buildings: Designing and Managing an Environmentally Sustainable Library in Germany.

Speaker: Dr. Klaus U. Werner
Head Librarian
Freie Universitaet Berlin, Philological Library, Dept. of Humanities, Germany

Abstract: The “Brain” is the striking metaphor given to the Philological Library at Berlin’s Free University designed by the world famous architect Lord Norman Foster. This does refer to its shape, its exterior and interior structure, which is an architectural consequence of building a library with low energy costs. The heating and ventilation of this kind of dome is cheaper than a rectangular structure because of there is less space, less cubic meters. For the Philological Library, a new energy-saving ventilation and temperature control concept was developed that allows natural ventilation of the building. In addition of a concrete core temperature control, there is no need of a traditional air conditioning with its high consumption of energy. The building was fitted with a double shell of aluminum panels and sun protection glass outside for this purpose (and an inner skin of white fabric), with the ceiling cavity thus created serving as an air supply and exhaust system: membranes on the interior of the dome, and air vents on the exterior. Depending on different weather conditions, certain sections can thus be completely opened or closed. This additional temperature control is carried out by means of a network of plastic pipes laid in the concrete shafts and the intermediate floor of the five levels of the building. Warm or cold water is conducted through them as required. The district heating network supplies the energy. The library is not only a spectacular “green” building, but a location with very good climate conditions – by low costs.

La biblioteca pubblica di Muyinga, Burundi. Un’architettura sostenibile di BC-AS tra impegno sociale e opera collettiva

Library of Muyinga (Foto/Photo credit: BC architects and studies, Brussels)

Library of Muyinga (Foto/Photo credit: BC architects and studies, Brussels)

La biblioteca pubblica di Muyinga, Burundi. Un’architettura sostenibile di BC-AS tra impegno sociale e opera collettiva.

Relatore: Luca Sampò.

La prima biblioteca di Muyinga (progettata da BC-AS, acronimo di Brussels Cooperation – Architects & Studies, Bruxelles), è parte di un progetto più ampio, che prevede in futuro la realizzazione di una scuola per bambini sordi, ed è costruita con materiali locali con un approccio partecipativo. Il processo costruttivo è stato pensato per coinvolgere gli utenti finali e sviluppare economie secondarie.

In una cultura orale e informale come quella del Burundi i bambini sordi sono esclusi dai racconti, dagli scambi culturali e dall’educazione. Spesso sono isolati, o perfino espulsi da certi gruppi.

La biblioteca di Muyinga, collegata ad un collegio per bambini sordi, offre loro la possibilità di essere parte di un gruppo, di appartenere alla più ampia comunità di Muyinga grazie ad un’infrastruttura pubblica unica nel suo genere in Burundi.

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The Public Library of  Muyinga, Burundi. A sustainable architecture by BC-AS between social commitment and collective work.

Speaker: Luca Sampò.

The first Library of Muyinga (designed by BC-AS, acronym of Brussels Cooperation – Architects & Studies, Bruxelles), a part of a broader project that includes the construction of a boarding school for deaf children, was built using local materials and a participatory approach. The construction  was planned to get the prospective patrons involved and develop the second sector of the economy.

In an oral and informal culture as the one of Burundi, deaf children are excluded from counts, narrations, cultural exchange and instruction. They are often isolated or banished by some groups.

The Library of Muyinga, linked to a deaf-impaired children boarding school, offers those children the possibility of being a part of a group and belonging to the wider Muyinga community thanks to a public infrastructure that is unique of its own kind in Burundi.