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13 July 2006



Great bag - i only ever use over-the-shoulder (messenger) bags!! And boy, do i know that frustration of buildings that dont work - so many in Israel are built with problems!!
Great idea!!

Pluck up the courage and walk in with that great bag.

fabulous! so creative. nicely done.

Wow, I looked at the detail of your embroidery on the flap, spectacular! How did you transfer the design to the fabric? It's all so even and perfect and done through canvas no less! Great inspired design and construction. I really like this.

Art that is social commentary and more. It's wonderful. I hope you win. And I hope that someone pays attention. I get the whole "I want to make a statement, but then I feel sick when I do" thing.

I needed a new phone (land line) once, so I checked Target.com in case Michael Graves had any nifty designey ones. He did! Lovely, I thought; it's cute, but even better, the ergonomics will be great. He's a famous designer, after all!

So I ordered one.

And, well...it's cute.

Grrr. I sympathize about the library. I like your bag.

Ha ha! This is so cool! You know, I haven't been to the library downtown yet, but I read all the press in the Seattle Times initially. How bold of you to make a bookbag (a.k.a. portable billboard) of your comments! Cheeky girl!

i hope you did it, maybe you did. did you? did you wear that bag into the library??

i hope you did!

is the lettering on top embroidered?? oh my if it is
gorgeous and lotta love in there

I couldn't agree more about disfunctional architecture being BAD DESIGN, no matter how cute!

It's got to WORK. Period. If it doesn't work, then it's bad design. Period.


Love your bag. Love the fact that you have made something perfectly functional (and cute, on many levels) to protest something disfunctional but famous and fatuously and stupidly lauded......

I like the way your bag makes a statement, but.....

I am a lifetime user of public libraries. textile crafter, and high-art cynic. I am also an architect with a practical bent – I like beautiful and technologically cool buildings, but I also think buildings ought to work for the people who use them. My career has included a lot of work for institutions and public agencies, and while I won’t comment on the building’s aesthetics, I wanted to offer a perspective on some of your comments that might make you go a little easier on Mr. Koolhaus.....

An architect is never the sole determiner many of the things that are on your list of problems. It is even possible that an architect can promote things like more elevators or more parking spaces, and get overruled – perhaps because it would take away space the city wanted for books, or because of budget or .... who knows? We can’t tell from just looking at the building.

If there’s no signage, it’s because the city didn’t hire the architect (or anyone else) to provide it. This is common – many building institutions & agencies purchase design & installation of signage separately from architectural design. Complain to the city!! A big public building ought to have good signs – and this is something that can be fixed!

The amount of parking is not something the architect makes up. A client will say what they need, and local zoning codes will say what they are required to provide. An architect might participate in the conversation, but not as a primary decision maker. Sounds like the city determined that they didn’t need more parking, or had to make a choice of how to use limited land and building area.

The emergency exit pathway is also strictly controlled by building codes, and it is hard to imagine that this library does not meet code, considering that compliance is the obligation of the architects as well as the city agency that grants a building permit. If the exit path includes a trip through a lobby, chances are that the lobby is protected (by walls, doors, clusters of sprinklers, etc.) from other parts of the building, as every fire exit path should be. You should be as safe while you exit this building as you would be if the stair emptied directly onto a sidewalk.

When it comes to thinks like the durability of installed lettering, the architect has more discretion and is more responsible. Same with regard to flooring choices, although these also have to be discussed with and approved by the client (I know from experience that clients will sometimes overrule a designer’s professional judgment on stuff like this, and as long as they don’t want to do anything that violates a building code, they )

So there may be some bad design in the building – and some of it could be Mr. Rem K’s responsibility – but alas, as the building’s architect he was not all-powerful! Architects mey may get their names associated with buildings, but after all, there are budgets, codes, and clients (in this case the city’s officials, project managers, budget-makers, and perhaps public commentators – did the city have any public presentations while the building was being designed?) who review and weigh in on all of these decisions just as you would if someone came in to work on your home.

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