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Selling the idea of learning From Peckham's new library to 'IDEA stores' in Tower Hamlets, design for places of learning is taking a retail cue

Alsop & Stormer's dramatic Peckham Library building, now nearing completion in south London, is one of the most visible manifestations of a new approach to making buildings concerned with learning more accessible. A new public square is integral to the conception of the library, and is bounded on the other side by the Pulse, a new health and fitness centre. The square is designed to be accessible to all, a genuinely popular public place, a meeting place away from the high street, a ...

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