Posts Tagged ‘Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library’

Preservation Authorities on MLK Library: Don’t Mess With Mies

Preservation concerns could mean a more limited redesign.

Is This the Future MLK Library?

Probably not. Or at least, we don't know yet.
As my colleague Jonathan L. Fischer reported this morning as I was scrambling back from a red-eye flight, Mayor Vince Gray announced the selection of a team of architects to redesign the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, choosing a partnership of Netherlands-based Mecanoo and D.C.-based Martinez & Johnson over two [...]

MLK Library Overhaul Moves Ahead, With Split-Personality Approach

D.C. Public Library has selected three teams of architects as finalists to design a renovated Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. But when those teams present their designs in February, don't expect any new insight into the shape of the future MLK. Each team is being asked to submit two designs: one for a mixed-use building with [...]

Imagining the MLK Library of the Future

When I reported on Friday that the D.C. Public Library had short-listed 10 architectural firms to redesign the aging Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, a few architecture insiders reacted with surprise to the list. "Whoa REX and OMA," tweeted architecture writer Amanda Kolson Hurley, referring to the firms of global starchitects Joshua Prince-Ramus and Rem Koolhaas. "Shocked to [...]

Ten Architect Firms Short-Listed for MLK Library Overhaul

The D.C. Public Library has selected 10 architect firms to move on to the next stage in the process to choose a design for the renovation of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.
The District's central library is 41 years old and in need of a facelift. Its redevelopment poses challenges for any would-be architect [...]

Opponent of Mixed-Use MLK Packs Voter Rolls, Wins Library Group Presidency

Robin Diener, the director of the Ralph Nader-backed D.C. Library Renaissance Project, packed a basement room at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library with supporters tonight and trounced the incumbent to become the president of the MLK Library Friends.
The election held unusual drama for a contest for an unpaid library advocacy position. LaToya Thomas, who founded [...]

This Might Be the Most Contentious Library Volunteer Election Ever

Nothing says drama like an election for the leadership of a library volunteer group. Beg to differ? Then take a look at the battle that's shaping up over tonight's contest for the presidency of the MLK Library Friends.
LaToya Thomas, the current president of the group—which advocates for programming, literacy efforts, and attraction of D.C. residents [...]

Overhaul of MLK Library Draws Dozens of Interested Architects

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the daunting task facing architects interested in overhauling the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. The 1972 building, designed by renowned modernist Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, is a historic landmark, meaning that its basic elements must be left intact. Yet it's also outdated and fairly unpleasant, and in [...]

Wanted: An Architect in Search of Controversy

Are you an architect with a love of "very complex" design review processes, embarking on projects about which no decisions have been made, and vocal opposition from former presidential candidates? Then D.C. Public Library has just the project for you!
This morning, DCPL released a solicitation for architects to redesign the city's central library, Martin Luther [...]

Off the Books

The boy on the bicycle flashes a big grin as he rides into the atrium of the Mount Pleasant Library. His father collects the bike and carries it upstairs as the child climbs the steep steps, and the two of them enter the main room on the second floor, joining a group of nervous 4-year-olds [...]