Czech National Library Controversy Continues.


I liked the winner of the National Library of the Czech Republic by Jan Kaplicky of future systems. Our commenters mostly didn't. "I think you should be more unkind about it , did someone sneeze? I can't begin to imagine how this qualifies as "green"." Jim Kunstler, who I usually agree with, calls it his Eyesore of the month and notes: Depicted at ground level, the Czech National Library Organism is systematically grazing on smaller protozoans lulled by the music of Antonin Dvorak into ascending the purple pseudo-tongue at center."

The Mayor doesn't like it. The current President of the Republic doesn't like it. Vaclav Havel does.


Stephen Bayley of the Guardian likes it. He notes that it is a difficult moment for libraries and that their roles are changing rapidly.

"Obviously, the great libraries belong to the Gutenberg era. Now their practical role is under scrutiny. Colin St John Wilson spent his entire working life on the magnificent British Library only to find ink conceding to electrons before it was complete. They had a similar experience in Paris where Dominique Perrault built what became known as the TGB (for Tres Grande Bibliotheque) out in the Tolbiac suburbs of eastern Paris. Competely useless as a storage or research facility, its sole purpose was to be a monument for Mitterrand who died a few weeks after its opening in 1995."


The people of Prague evidently like it too: "12,000 people have signed a petition insisting it is built....Kaplicky says, has people hooting in the street and the passport guys at the airport saying 'good luck' to him in English, the politicos have nodded it through. Kafka wrote: 'It is not necessary to accept everything as true, one must only accept it as necessary.' Quite so. Eva Jiricna added: 'The baby has been born and it will need a lot of care to turn into an adult of some integrity.' This amazing design is really and truly a part of Czech national identity.::The Guardian

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