Main Library expansion would add group space
Original post made on Aug 18, 2007
Web Link posted Thursday, August 16, 2007, 3:28 PM
on Aug 18, 2007 at 1:08 pm
The Edward Durell Stone Main Library is the best public space in town that's been neglected and overcrowded for at least half a generation. It comes from an era when Palo Alto had the courage to hire nationally known figures to design our public buildings.
Main needs a lot of work. However the steps are out of sequence. We should have a public discussion about what features we need in new space: how do we rank meeting and project spaces for adults and school kids, study carrels, reading space, more stacks for collections, more computers, coffee shop… let's get a list started of what we'd like to have. We need a public discussion about what's on and off limits in the current building. We need a budget for an initial phase and for the long term on the site. We need to establish what's buildable on the site - for example is the community garden space available? The field behind the Art Center? How many parking spaces do we need? How do the meeting spaces align with the Art Center and with Lucie Stern?
Then we need to hire as good an architect today as Durell Stone was in his day and let him or her design for the next 50 years.
on Aug 18, 2007 at 3:30 pm
Interesting ideas from aw. Main is a fine building. Was any of this done for the Mitchell branch? or did they just plunk down a million dollars for architectural plans?
on Aug 20, 2007 at 12:04 pm
Edward Durell Stone, the franchise architect? The one whose estate had to pay for fixing the screwups in our city hall?
There are probably 20 local architects who would have better suited our needs than Stone and his surrogate Hill.
Perhaps instead of another community meeting room a teleconferencing center could be included, to enable city business to be transacted without the burden of travel.