ANNOUNCEMENTS
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COMPETITION INFORMATION
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The recent media coverage surrounding the announced Barack Obama Presidential Library, drawing bids from contenders New York, Honolulu, and Chicago, once again initiates the desire for speculations and projections.

As the fourteenth of its kind, this civic institution will not only function to house a collection of artifacts and documents relating to the president’s life but will also provide an educational infrastructure and framework for outreach and community programs.

Although the Presidential Library, as a museum-library hybrid, is perceived as a great contribution to the public it serves, criticism has been raised regarding its true civic function. Both the Chicago architectural community and public at large recall similar controversies that still remain unresolved for the Harold Washington Library.


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