Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Winter 2019

The quarterly 27587 MAGAZINE is a must-read, in-you-hands publication that strives to give a deeper identity to rapidly growing Wake Forest, N.C. It highlights in-depth stories, targeting higher-income households.

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26 Winter 2019 | Wake Forest 27587 Magazine PHOTOGRAPHS BY KATHRYN RENDE The "technologically rich" James B. Hunt Jr. Library. "Abuzz with students using interactive technologies in brightly colored interiors, (architect) Snøhetta's aluminum-and-glass addition to North Carolina State University is anything but quiet," read a 2013 article in The Journal of the American Institute of Architects. Below, one example of the "brightly colored interiors" is the the vivid yellow staircase leading up to the main lobby. That flavor extends across library-dom. "It's not a hush-hush place anymore," said Mark Forestieri, who holds a master's in architec- ture and is the library design guy in Wake County. "The spaces are more generous. It's less about book stacks. … The sense of library as a community center. … Children's programs. Lifelong learning." For a truly futuristic experience, there's North Carolina State University's James B. Hunt Jr. Library, the so-called "library of the future" on the Raleigh campus. It is not your grandfather's Beau Arts-style Carnegie library. Inside, you'll find a several-stories-tall "Robert the Robot," whose massive mechanics are visible for all to see and whose job it is to actually retrieve a book selection. And you'd be forgiven if the as- cent up the staircase to another level suggests a visit to an Ikea store: It's bright yellow. Here, you'll more likely to see laptops than books, balanced on the legs of graduate students sitting on a variety of teal, green, and blue chairs reminiscent of the Sixties. There are rooms for faculty get-togethers; an "idea alcove," for when "consultations need to happen on the fly"; and Dataspace, described as "a nexus for data science and visualization." And, lest anyone forget, a "quiet reading room" where you could conceiv- ably still hear someone say "Shush!" It's a kind of solitude that sits well with Sarah Smith, an 18-year-old freshman found one day amid the stacks in the more traditional NC State D. H. Hill Library. In a short break from her calculus studies, the Greensboro native could be spotted looking out at the place she now calls home. "It's just very serene, just looking out over the campus," she said. "Sometimes it's nice to just look up from the work and calm down for a second." A few floors below, not far from the library's Hill of Beans Coffee Bar, Lisa Michelson was sitting in a high-back wooden chair, one table over from a young man sporting a light-hearted T-shirt reading "Legalize Marinara." Continued on Page 28 ❱❱

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