I'm thinking: I wish city planner presentations were more like Dapper Bruce's.
3. One Saturday May 27 I met Brian Stromquist, an architect at San Francisco office of Ginsler. Brian said architects were trying to incorporate "anticipation and memory" which is what happens in art and poetry.
I'm thinking: Maybe the artists and the city planners could get together once in a while?
The stair window is my favorite place in the library. The grimy glass is a sign of why folks are talking about it. If the library can't manage to clean one of the coolest windows in Atlanta - and it's on the ground floor - then....
Here's the panel It one was as focused and on point as a panel can get. Special thanks to Kyle Kessler who opened with a history of the Downtown Libraries.
So here are #terrystinybulletpoints
I had stumbled on to a discussion that began before 2008.
The most boring use I can imagine for The Breuer is as a library.
I wished the Beauty Matters folks were at our meeting.
Side 1: Politicians need to do what the voters voted for in 2008: a new downtown library.
Side 2: The Breuer could work as the "new downtown library" and it would be cheaper and it needs some work. The library is at risk if it's not a library.
Libraries are no longer be what they were when The Breuer was built. It's a white elephant.
Libraries will no longer be what they were when the "new" library was(is) built. It will be a white elephant.
Does building to "the program" guarantee inflexible short-lived buildings?
I don't think the government is the best long term steward for "The Breuer.".
If they tear it down, will we get a world-class hotel befitting our international city?
A Kroger in The Breuer might help the downtown renaissance thing more than a library or a hotel.
So Terry what are your #smartypants suggestions?
If we must, build the new library in Underground Atlanta. Maybe white elephants can cancel each other out or perhaps work together. Perhaps it can bridge south downtown with not-south downtown.
Get the High Museum / Woodruff Arts Center to buy The Breuer and give downtown a major cultural center that is actually on the sidewalk where a lot of people walk, where tourists hang out, near our popular downtown park and our big downtown university, in the midst of the hotel/convention district. Make it our Whitney. The High would have a Meier, a Piano AND a Breuer. Can we get Calatrava to build a bridge to one of them? TOTAL PACKAGE!
I don't think Atlanta has the patron capital or the art fan capital to pull it off right now.
Check your lottery ticket and get back to me.
Thanks to everybody for a useful meeting in an extraordinary building.
When it rains, the brutalist diagonal concrete grooves rock.
It matters more in Ansley Park than north of West Wesley. I mean harmony and scale, fitting and fitting in. In landscaping terms big Buckhead homes are like "specimen trees" while Ansley homes are like "mass plantings." Specimen houses are solo acts. Mass plantings improve with teamwork.
Building a 15,000 square foot estate house on acreage where the front door is 100 yards from the street - say on Valley Road - is not like building on Polo.
I'm sure our architects relish the challenge.
Hulse House is Gone.
Hulse Residence by Anthony Ames in early demolition. It was controversial, hated and loved.