A look at the proposals from the three finalists for the MLK Renovation.

Finalist Architects' Design Ideas

Green Roof

A green room might be advantageous to the library by reducing stormwater run-off and lowering cooling costs. It would also be an educational resource! Additional advantages of green roofs are detailed in the URL provided. . The Minneapolis and Philadelphia Public Libraries have green roofs. http://www.mpl.org/about/green_roof/ https://www.dvgbc.org/green_resources/projects/philadelphia-free-library-central-branch-green-roof ...more »

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Finalist Architects' Design Ideas

Build a new main library

Look at the Mansueto Library at the University of Chicago, which opened in May 2011. The structure consists of an above-ground, 8,000-square-foot, 180-person capacity Main Reading Room. Four long rows of reading tables provide lighting and free electricity. Each table has space to which a patron can lock a laptop to an anti-theft device. If needed, the tables can be disconnected to provide for group study. Free wireless ...more »

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Finalist Architects' Design Ideas

A public-private partnership to modernize the library?

Among the most controversial aspects of the modernization of the MLK Jr. Memorial Library is possible creation of a public-private partnership to finance the project. If the city agrees to such a partnership, the city would sell the air rights above the building to one or more private developer(s), who would, in return, help with financing the renovation of the building. (DCPL said last week that all options are on the ...more »

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green building retrofits 4 MLK library reno

I did not hear any comments from representatives of the 3 architectural firms in the 2/15/14 event that include green building solutions for materials, energy conservation and reducing carbon footprint. In light of the impact of climate change on our health and long term survival, seems that all urban architectural solutions should strive to integrate off grid solutions as soon as possible.

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