Sara Plaza

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PublisherLibrary Stack2019
In 2015, the American Library Association adopted the Resolution on the Importance of Sustainable Libraries; since then, other international organizations have been quick to go along with the proposal, reporting on the potential relationship between sustainability and libraries. However, such documents (which, in general, support the role of librarians in building “sustainable, resilient and regenerative” communities and making “sustainable decisions”) remain purely statements of intent… that include a handful of trendy topics in their paragraphs, and fall short of being credible action plans. It is worrying to note that, despite the seriousness and urgency of the discussion, these statements tiptoe ...
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For the 2019 Oslo Architecture Triennale, Library Stack has compiled a series of essays that map a notional ‘right to loot’ across the urgency of climate crisis and the demand for degrowth. How or when does an unfolding catastrophe manifest a new moral right to dismantle, seize or inhabit the archival, technological, educational, or economic systems producing that crisis? The series finds Shannon Mattern speculating on deep storage archives and their horizon of futurity; Esther Choi on the falsehoods of architecture’s sustainability discourse; Edgardo Civallero and Sara Plaza on the role of libraries in shaping a public consciousness; Rory Rowan ...

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