BiblioHUB is a self-initiated project by 100ideas, as part of Collective East, and thought as an action-oriented initiative based on a multiple-staged international inter-disciplinary collaboration with the end goal of implementing an integrated design strategy for (re) activating the library network of The Metropolitan Library of Bucharest, Romania (BMB).
The key driving point of the project was the Dutch library model, as they represent an integral and strategic design model that comprises components of urbanism, architecture, design, services, staff, PR and branding in one coherent concept that is constantly evolving and thus surpasses the dated notion of the library (from typology and services, to its administrative independence).
In this scenario, we aimed to broaden the sphere of knowledge exchange, extend the DutchRomanian network of library-related experts, stimulate a pro-active interest in the Dutch values of innovation, quality oriented design and management of libraries within the Romanian context.
An instrumental step in kicking off the project was an exploration trip to Bucharest. As part of the initiation phase, the trip was meant to enable the team to gather first hand information, expand and consolidate the network of experts and stakeholders, as well as to promote the project locally.
This exploration trip was made possible by Stimuleringsfonds NL after receiving the International Explorations Grant in September 2015.
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