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Steel Shots: Knowledge and Discovery
Posted by Tasha Weiss on November 9, 2012 at 6:54 PM.


Pictured here is the Central Branch of the Seattle Public Library, located in the heart of downtown Seattle. Its unusual but compelling form demonstrates steel’s power as both an architectural and structural element. The library’s use of steel not only provides a strong structural framework, but also allows for great flexibility in interior programming and personal engagement with the library’s collections and spaces. The Seattle Central Library’s steel design parallels the mission of all libraries: Provide a solid framework for knowledge acquisition, but also allow individuals the flexibility to pursue discovery in a personal manner. Photo and description by: Joshua Paul Brickman


This photo of the Central Branch of the Seattle Public Library, taken by Joshua Paul Brickman, a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, received an Honorable Mention in AISC’s 2012 SteelDay Student Photo Contest.
Additional photos and a video documentary of the opening of the Central Branch of the Seattle Public Library can be found at (direct link: The half-hour documentary features behind the scenes footage of the project team’s planning and a tour of the building.
You can view all of the winning photo entries from this year’s Student Photo Contest at We’ll be featuring them as Steel Shots on the MSC website throughout the fall.

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