Wednesday, April 09, 2008

"Plan features new Downtown library"

I just saw this article on Madison.com from the Wisconsin State Journal. I feel like this article would be so easy to dissect in terms of what we've talked about in class. Mostly, it reminds me of the video we saw on the New York Public Library. The glass entry is like the library in Brooklyn (if I am remembering it right). However, according to the article it seems the architect created it to mirror the Overture Center. Which then made me think of the first article in the reader (the very first one that wasn't assigned to write a blog on) about the main San Fransisco library. Why would a library want to be architecturally similar to a place designed to make noise louder? Just thought I'd post it to the blog. http://www.madison.com/wsj/home/local/280832

2 comments:

Greg Downey said...

Yes, I would be very interested in hearing what the class thinks about this proposal -- or, perhaps, simply what kind of questions we might ask about this proposal given the history we've been exploring.

cbj said...

This isn't the first time in the last few years there's been a plan like this. It took me a while to find it, but here's a link (I hope it works) to the last one http://www.madison.com/archives/read.php?ref=/wsj/2006/01/27/0601270047.php. In case it doesn't work, it was a condo/library plan. The library board voted it down in 2006.

One of my questions is why the city doesn't put money into the buildings it has. If the Schwab building had been properly maintained, renovated, expanded, would the city need a new library? Or is every city building a goner at 43? Overture? Done at 45. Same with Monona Terrace. Or was the downtown building inherently short-lived? If so, what about it made it contributed to that fact, and what could the next library plan do differently. It would be such a shame to keep building libraries that died before their patrons.