Connected to Community at Birth

Working from home requires discipline… The devices in our pockets can connect us to almost anyone in the world… But sometimes it feels more lonely than ever. This can lead to introspection which can cause us to stumble into more loneliness. To quote Brooks, “…The stumbler requires community.”

As the way we work, connect and learn changes, public libraries are evolving too, transforming from transactional spots (“Thanks for the book!”) to experiential destinations (“Why don’t we meet there…?”).

The Dokk1 library on the waterfront in Aarhus, Denmark has taken the experiential to a new level by letting each new member of the Aarhus community know that it cares about them as early as possible… WAAAAAY EARLY!

The Dokk1, designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, includes a 25 foot long tubular bronze bell that hangs above the library’s central staircase.  The bell, which is the largest of its kind in the world and weighs almost 6,000 lbs, is digitally connected to the delivery room of the Aarhus’ hospital…

Whenever a baby is born in Aarhus, the hammer rings the gong announcing the new birth.

We require emotional interconnectedness to succeed in work and life, not just connectivity. Our devices are not alive. But connection can remind us of the importance and meaning of life.

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