The surging wave of information is affecting every aspect of social structures and forcing the revision of public facilities. The library is also caught up in this maelstrom. As the information age evolves, we see a tremendous increase in information not only due to the development of the Internet and the World Wide Web, but also due to the increasing quantities of books and magazines. It is rapidly becoming impossible to contain them all in a conventional library, while computerized searches are now much easier. Computers have replaced the former index booths, turning them into "information access corners".
Rather than a formal perusal of manuscripts at a desk, it has become more popular to read in a relaxed manner. Moreover, books recorded by computer can likewise be read by computer. And furthermore, the library has become an information network node in the community. Its role has widened to facilitate lectures, exhibitions and clubs for those with similar interests. It is now far more appropriate to use the term "mediatheque" rather than "library".
jury: Toyo Ito (Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects) Masaru Okamoto (Kume Sekkei Co.,Ltd.) Riken Yamamoto (Riken Yamamoto & Field Shop) Kiyoshi Sakurai (Nikken Sekkei Co.,Ltd.) Taro Ashihara (Taro Ashihara Architects) Kengo Kuma (Kengo Kuma & Associates) Norihisa Yamamoto (managing director,Central Glass Co., Ltd.)