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Johnson Building Improvement Project: CAC meeting notes

Posted on February 28th, 2013 by Gina Perille in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects

At this week’s (Tuesday, February 26) Community Advisory Committee meeting, community members gathered to explore options on how best to improve library services and space utilization of the Johnson Building at the Central Library in Copley Square. The building opened in 1972 and was designed by the late architect Philip Johnson.

Library President Amy E. Ryan reviewed the project goals and stated how important it was to have the community involved in helping the library explore options to make recommendations for the FY14 capital planning initiatives.

Architects William Rawn Associates led a discussion about Philip Johnson’s design principles highlighted by a series of quotes from the late architect. The principles, referred to as “Johnsonian Principles” are:

  • procession: anticipation – sense of event from exterior
  • procession: moment of arrival – coherent experience from front door
  • procession: ascent – celebrated vertical circulation
  • scale: respect and experimentation
  • monumentality in the city – civic urban presence
  • structure and rationality – structural clarity in planning

The architects described the structure of the Johnson Building and identified areas where the natural light was best. They also shared images of other interesting libraries from around the world and the community members discussed how the Johnson Building might have a better, more active relationship with Boylston Street.

Library staff reported on the types of services and functions that under consideration for each floor. Many of the ideas and suggestions came from previous Community Advisory Committee meetings as well as input from library staff members. Highlights included an updated lobby as well as a popular browsing area. (Editor’s note: both of these topics will be discussed further in future posts to this blog.)

Community members offered several suggestions and ideas for the project. Members discussed the attractiveness of a dedicated space for casual book discussion, reading recommendations, and small author talks. They also considered options for relocating the children’s and teen areas.

The meeting concluded with a brief enterprise discussion. Boston Public Library has engaged consultants to study the feasibility of commercial enterprise and the viability of a conference center within the library. Committee members emphasized the importance of identifying an enterprise opportunities that are compatible with the library mission. They also discussed maintaining a “porous” environment to integrate the enterprise with library services and to help energize the building. The next Community Advisory Committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 13 at 8:30 a.m. The enterprise discussion will continue at that meeting.

Johnson Building Improvement Project: Special Community Advisory Committee Meeting

Posted on February 21st, 2013 by Michael Colford in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects

The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for the Johnson Building Improvement Project will meet on Tuesday, February 26, at 8:30 a.m. in the Boston Room of the Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street.

Updated: Download the 2-26-2013 Johnson CAC agenda.

Johnson Building Improvement Project – Community Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda

Posted on January 7th, 2013 by Michael Colford in Johnson Building Study, Major Projects

The Community Advisory Committee for the Johnson Improvement Project will meet on Thursday, January 10, at 8:30 a.m. in the Commonwealth Salon Mezzanine Conference Room (room change made on January 9).  Click the link below for the meeting agenda.

1-10-13 Johnson Improvements Project CAC agenda

1-10-13 Johnson CAC Meeting Discussion Questions

1-10-13 Johnson CAC Meeting Notes

Johnson Building Improvement Project – Community Advisory Committee

Posted on January 2nd, 2013 by Michael Colford in Johnson Building Study, Library Services, Major Projects

One of the commitments the library has made in the BPL Compass strategic plan is to solicit public input and community involvement. To help facilitate that commitment with regard to the Johnson Building Improvement Project, a Community Advisory Committee (CAC) has been assembled to work with library staff and share ideas and reactions to proposed plans that will emerge over the course of the next several months. The committee is made up of business owners and residents in the Back Bay neighborhood. The first meeting of the CAC was held on November 14. To see the meeting notes from that meeting click here (PDF, 7 pages). The next CAC meeting will take place on Thursday, January 10, at 8:30 a.m. in the Commonwealth Salon.