HYDE PARK — Barack and Michelle Obama will get a vision of what the presidential library could look like from seven architects announced as finalists for the job on Monday.
Who does the community want to see design the library?
Should it be the only Chicago-based firm, John Ronan Architects, which designed the Gary Comer Youth Center? Or should David Adjaye of Adjaye Associates get the opportunity to be the first non-American to design a presidential library.
Choosing Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects or Diller Scofidio and Renfro would allow the firms to build on their existing legacy on the South Side, with each having major work on the University of Chicago campus including the Logan Center for the Arts and the forthcoming Rubenstein Forum respectively.
Consider that none of the architects know yet where the library will be built. The Obama Foundation, charged with leading the process to build the library, is still choosing between sites in Washington and Jackson parks.
Of the seven finalists, who do you think gets it and would do the president and the South Side proud with their design?
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