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High-tech robot greets visitors at African-Amerian library

“The African-American Research Library and Cultural Center has gone high-tech in its latest move to introduce visitors to its history and cultural treasures. The Fort Lauderdale library has unveiled an exhibit featuring a lifelike robot of Samuel F. Morrison, the former Broward County library director, the catalyst behind the library’s creation. Visitors to the library, located in the heart of the historic black Sistrunk Boulevard neighborhood, will be greeted by the Morrison robot after entering its gallery. The sensor-activated display shows Morrison seated at the edge of a desk as he gives visitors insights into the library and its surrounding community.” (via Sun Sentinel)

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Does Lauderdale library’s ‘brutal’ design make it a landmark?

“It’s not often you can use the word brutal to describe how a building looks and have it be considered a good thing. But that’s precisely how to assess the Broward County Main Library, the work of an internationally acclaimed team steeped in the Brutalist style of architecture. Brutalism, a form of modernism, is typically austere, with walls of rough, unadorned precast concrete and an emphasis on function, with results that can appear plain or crude. The downtown library’s architects improvised a “soft” brutalism, covering the exterior concrete with Florida keystone and creating a “glass curtain” on the library’s north side that blurs where the indoors stops and the outdoors begins.” (via Sun Sentinel)

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