If you’re into buildings, the North Bay Public Library has some new titles right up your alley.
The North Bay Society of Architects presented the library with $1,500 worth of books with an architectural angle Friday, the result of special funding from the Ontario Association of Architects.
Most of the books – including one featuring models built with Lego blocks – are directed at younger readers.
“It’s particularly important to target children, to get them started early” in an appreciation for what architecture involves, Nathan Jensen, president of the NBSA, said.
“These provide a resource to the community so people can learn a bit more about architecture, whether it’s historic or modern.”
The donation, he said, is also a chance for local architects – there are about 16 local members – to give back to the community, he said.
Jeff De Decker, secretary of the association, and Ruth Elder, treasurer, said the initiative came about after the Ontario association asked members to come up with some special funding ideas that promote the industry.
“From there, we reached out to the library as part of the initiative to provide books with a focus toward children,” De Decker said.
“We are so dependent on architecture, but there is not an awareness about what architecture is,” Elder said. “That’s why we are promoting it. We don’t generally have that kind of exposure, and most people are not able to travel around the world to look at different architectural styles.”
Jensen said architecture has its own “special language” in Northern Ontario, with a focus on wood, stone and the natural environment to blend the indoors and outdoors.
”That is what architecture is about, making places people want to live,” Jensen said.
Article by the North Bay Nugget, Published on: February 9, 2019