[DWJ] Re: architects was Sacking the maids...

Farah Mendlesohn farah.sf at gmail.com
Fri May 18 11:47:03 EDT 2007

We may know the same person: a friend of Judith Clute's?

On 18/05/07, Minnow <minnow at belfry.org.uk> wrote:
> Farah wrote:
> >Surely the "best" example is the French national library in Paris.
> >
> >The librarians' offices are in the basement.
> >The books are in glass towers each designed to look like an open book.
> >
> >The librarians went on strike over the lack of daylight.
> >They have had to fit the towers with curtains to protect the books.
> >
> >In constrast, the British Library at Kings Cross St. Pancras is becoming
> one
> >of the best loved major libraries in the western world, against all
> >expectation. Most of the complaints are about the lighting in the cafe
> >bars--it never occured to the architects that people would actually come
> to
> >the library to *write* in the coffee bars.
> I have a vague memory that someone I know who works for the BL said that
> they (you don't have to believe it) did actually ask the people using and
> working in the old building what they thought a library ought to be like
> before they did the final designs.
> Maybe that's an urban myth, though.  I'd need to check with him and make
> sure.
> Minnow
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