The March/April issue of Frame magazine explores how the modern library is adopting a role that goes beyond books, and is transforming into both a hub for the community and a spot for personal development in its broadest sense – cognitive, social and cultural. The architects behind Johnson Favaro explain how – inspired by the culture of invention prevailing in Silicon Valley – the university library aspires to be a place where knowledge is not just curated but created. The New York Public Library elevates their digital offer to promote the page in the age of screen-first media. And through four projects, OMA shows the survival of the book following the complete digitization of life, and the potential for public space to act as a platform for civic gathering and intellectual exchange.


Objects up their digital IQ. Healthcare enters the home. E-commerce targets co-workers. Urban architecture encourages interaction. Discover new directions in the world of products.


The Challenge: Future of Learning

In the lead-up to each issue, Frame challenges emerging designers to answer a topical question with a future-forward concept. Today’s educational landscape is defined by instability – how do you prepare students for a career that may see them doing many jobs and working for various companies, even industries, often at the same time? Add to that scenario the threat of automation, precarious labour practices and political upheaval, and it’s clear that school is not a place that ends the day you graduate, but a permanent state of affairs. We asked five makers to share their ideas on tackling this uncertain future.



Marcel Wanders reveals the fundaments of his work. Daisuke Motogi redefines luxury. Marleen Sleeuwits tricks the eye. Gwenael Nicolas makes retail mediagenic. Meet the people. Get their perspectives.



Chinese co-working enters a new era. Luxury retailers go clubbing. Artists take the stage. The future pharmacy combines technology with tactility. Step inside the great indoors.


Libraries Lab

The bricks-and-mortar library: does it have a place in contemporary life? If your answer is no, you’ll be surprised to find yourself in the minority. Many people still value libraries, and statistics show that the younger they are the more frequent their visits, so it’s reassuring to see a surge in innovative library concepts reaching completion in recent months. What they all share is a programme that treats literary provision as merely one pillar among a plethora that includes teaching, making, chatting and playing, activities enabled by various forms of cutting-edge technology. If you recall your last visit to the library as hours and hours spent silently searching the stacks for that missing title, we strongly suggest you seek out one of these new institutions. It’s likely you’ll be checking out a lot more than books.


Reports: Institutions

Healthcare brands make waiting less worrisome. Design for learning is no longer desk-bound. Institutions adapt to heavy traffic. Discover what’s driving the business of design.

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