Old library could be Clemson opportunity
The Jan. 2 issue of The Post and Courier ran an editorial on the proposed Clemson School of Architecture at the corner of Meeting and George streets.
It is the role of education to foster the latest and most creative thinking.
This is especially true in architectural education, to challenge the minds of young designers to expand the boundaries of the built environment.
Adaptive reuse, environmental responsibility, and green architecture are an important and necessary part of today’s architectural educational program.
Charleston prides itself on being at the forefront of historic preservation in all of its renditions.
On King Street at the north edge of Marion Square sits the old Charleston Public Library. What better opportunity is there than this building to use as a laboratory to demonstrate the latest creative thinking in adaptive reuse, preservation and urban planning?
Part of responsible architectural design and the role of a responsible institution of higher education is to fit into the fabric of the city it serves and to demonstrate the most advanced thinking in the field of that college.
While the old library poses its own set of unique challenges both in terms of construction and design, that is what architecture is ultimately all about.
I urge the decision makers of the Clemson University College of Architecture to reconsider the decision to use the Meeting Street property and to take a bold and innovative step forward and consider exploring the reuse of the old Charleston Public Library.