Sunday, May 29, 2011

Ebooks, Netflix, and Library Building Projects (Part 45, San Diego Public Library)

A curiously ominous-looking rendering.

Rebar, concrete and not a book in sight at new central library site. (San Diego Union-Tribune, 5/27/2011)

Excerpt:   At the corner of 11th Avenue and J Street, the new central library is rising out of the ground.

It's an Erector set at full scale -- towers of rebar steel, embedded in columns of pure white concrete and a big, 60-foot-wide, three-story-high gravity arch that will act like a rainbow welcoming future patrons seeking truth and pleasure in books, music and Internet connected computers. (Its real job is to hold up the floors above.)

"It will become a focal for downtown and San Diego," said Mayor Jerry Sanders at the first public hard-hat tour of the site Thursday.

He took no credit for the project, in the works for decades, but acknowledged donors, library lovers and construction workers sitting under a makeshift tent

Related article:
Time to replace San Diego's 1954 downtown library?  (6/18/2010)

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