“Cool and Chic” Was a Tough Sell for This Public Library

“Cool and Chic” Was a Tough Sell for This Public Library

Hunters Point, a new library branch in Queens, is finally open.

It boasts a unique and stylish design that is a source of pride in the community. The construction project was very much over time and over budget. Although there are many reasons for this project management nightmare, it appears that measures meant to promote efficient use of taxpayers’ money had unintended consequences.

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This post is based on The New York Times article, Why Can’t New York City Build More Gems Like This Queens Library?, by M. Kimmelman, September 18, 2019, and the YouTube video, Hunters Point Library Finally Openby CBS New York, September 24, 2019. Image source:  Shutterstock / X_C

Discussion Questions:

1. What design elements make this library inviting to patrons?

Guidance: Large windows let the light in and offer beautiful views of Manhattan. Bamboo-paneled walls add warmth. Shifting forms and curves make the space interesting and pleasing to the eye. Corners and nooks provide privacy. A ginkgo garden outside creates a natural oasis in a large city. This unique and tastefully designed library contrasts with the high-density apartment buildings erected next Continue reading