Biblioteca Salaborsa

Biblioteca Salaborsa on Presadiretta

We are passionate about archives and libraries. The harrowing situation described by TV presenter Iacona on his programme Presa Diretta on Sunday 26th February 2012, regarding spending cuts to cultural projects, is something we are experiencing in many of our own projects. The Biblioteca Salaborsa [Salaborsa Library], presented after the British Idea Store project, proves that we can do it, but it does not calm our fears regarding the fate of cultural institutions. On the one hand, libraries, archives, museums, theatres and cinemas are forced to jump through hoops just to survive; on the other, the vast cost of projects (?) such as the Italy Culture and Tourism portal (the very juxtaposition of these two terms should give pause for thought) shows a lack of any strategy, projection, ability (or desire) to build meaningful relationships with those who work on the front lines, offering goods and services that are anything but superfluous. The evident distance between these two visions of building and making “culture” is of grave concern. There is great passion in the sacrifices made by those personally involved in this field. In contrast, there is a lack, on the part of the decision makers, of consideration for design as a tool that creates something of value, that looks to the future without squandering resources. Enjoy the show.

Biblioteca Salaborsa