Our Seattle Architecture Moment

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By Alissa Walker Comments

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As Steve navigates the back alleys of the Chicago Auto Show, we’re cruising through the Northwest, and today we’re in a triumphantly sunny Seattle. On our way to visit with a noted local architecture firm, our cab driver asks us where we’re headed, and we tell him.

“Oh yeah,” he says. “We’ve got lots of good architecture in Seattle.”

We agreed, seeing as it was something we’d just talked about ourselves.

“You know our new library?” he says proudly. And we realize we’d just gotten into the car with the most design-savvy cabbie in town.

We said we knew a little about it.

“When they built that library, it made Seattle a world-class city,” he says. “Everybody wants to go there.”

We tell him that a lot of people come here just to see it.

“Do you know who the architect was for that library?” he asks.

Rem Koolhaas,” we say. “He’s Dutch.”

“Rem Koolhaas” he says. “I think he is a pretty great architect, Rem Koolhaas.” He thinks about this for a minute. “Yeah. I think it’s a really good design.”