DON'T Call It a Library

Can we call it a fortress?

First artists sketches of the future George W. Bush Presidential Center at SMU from Talking Points Memo. Seven renderings are shown.

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Throwback?

Wow. At first look, it appears as if the architects are going for a quasi-international-1960's-feel.

SMU's architecture

SMU has pretty strict architectural standards. There is a story that a former campus President was touring the place for the first time and remarked that he had never seen a parking garage done in the Georgian style until he arrived at SMU.

Apparently, the architect wanted to do a much more 'modern' style of building and was told that it had to at least look like *part* of the campus.

This was the result.

I've been a part of enough new building design and seen enough 'conceptual' drawings that I know that they only have a passing nod at what ends up existing in reality though, so I'm withholding judgement.

this would be better

ground-breaking collections

It will also be the first library in America to feature English As A Second Language books for native English readers.

wait for it ...

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