Contemporary Visual Arts, Indianapolis
A comment from a recent post regarding our new stadium may have just sparked a new series here on OtC...How'd Indy do???Our new library...Their new library...
While the Seattle library is a very "progressive" design, I don't really like it.I don't think Indy is ever going to get any "out there" architecture designs, I'm just glad the city is growing at all.
While I think the exterior design of the library in Indianapolis leaves much to be desired, I am actually not a fan of the Seattle one. I haven't been in the interior of that one, those I hear it is pretty good.
I think it's a bit tough to judge them just by the pictures. I'm a big fan of the functionality and the public spaces of the new IMCPL. I think the building works very well for a library and an enclosed public space at the end of the mall.
The interior of the Seattle library is both inviting and functional. You can see a video about its making on the TED.com site: http://tinyurl.com/5ovfmrI don't think comparing the two is fair though since ours was an addition to an existing historic structure and the Seattle library is an entirely new construction.I like the concept of the IMPL addition, but think it could have been executed a bit better.
I should note that I'm just putting these comparisons out to start a discussion. I'm not crazy about the Koolhaas/LMN building either, and I do love the interior of the IMCPL.
What's next?Your museum, our museum.Your airport, our airport.Stop comparing while there is still a little bit of dignity in Indianapolis. Indianapolis as boring and bland as it is - that's what makes it Indianapolis. Not every city can be as exciting and have as much culture as Paris, London, New York City, Chicago, etc.Indianapolis is beautiful at being passive and non-progressive.
The point is not to whine about our differences but to champion the idea of being progressive, to think outside of the box. I view it partially our job as artists and creative thinkers to speak up and let those who are making the building and construction decissions that, YES, we are ready for some excitment and vision when it comes to both out arts and our architecture. Having recently viewing the movie, The Fountainhead, with Gary Cooper (based on the book by Ann Rand), I am again reminded that it is often the vision of a single mind that makes the great jumps in innovation,art and design and it is not always best to buy into the public whole when making decisions. Sometimes it is best to leave it to the experts.If we do not question what we recieve, we deserve whatever we get.
Scott - I could not have said it better myself. And yes - museums, airports, parking garages... they are all fair game.
our library is gorgeous. we win.
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