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I'm an architect and I really like the design!Here's a few things I'd like to comment on.1.) I think the pediment that's being glassed out with a view to the Benj Franklin Parkway should be a restaurant!!!! It would be the restuarant to go to, its be our hot spot, like the 4 Seasons, Eileen Gray version in the Seagram.;)Then 2.) As everyone is saying those elevator towers need to be glammed up... or rendered with exhibition banners, a green wall, etc.;)3.) Finally DON'T LISTEN TO THE HATERS ABOUT THE FRONT STEPS!!!! Rocky should not be a reason to stop what's designed for the stairs... In the grand scheme of things the building is a baby. Yes its beautiful but it in itself is a Neoclassical REVIVIAL... its harking to another time.... The Lourve did the IM Pei Pyramid... we surely can engage those steps... I've been up those steps four times... once was for yoga and I've lived here since 1998. I always enter the rear... Its really like a barrier to the museum its like a great big wall... Again do it, do it do it... ;) As an aside my architecture professor who was in the late sixties when she told me this, but she told me how she and her friends drove her Honda hatchback right down the front of the stairs once... just an anecdote I thought I'd share...

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Megan Fitzpatrick - 8.24.2014 - 4:14 PM
I believe it is time for the Art Museum to go through some changes, but some of the changes Frank Gehry is proposing does not respond well to the culture of Philadelphia. The Art Museum stairs has a significant meaning to its history. If you spend a day on the stairs, you will understand how important those stairs are to the people of Philadelphia. They are a place for people to rest, play, and socialize. Although some changes are necessary, this is one that I do not agree with.

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Franc - 8.24.2014 - 4:04 PM
I'm excited about the next phase of this fabulous museum - more exhibit space, more accessibility, etc. And what an opportunity to have secured Gehry as the architect. I like his excitement, also, with the challenge of changing and opening the inside, while not changing the neoclassical outside. I especially like the proposed plans for the outside main entrance. I look forward to learning how to navigate this jewel of Philly all over again.

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Sara Jane McCurdy - 8.24.2014 - 3:52 PM
I like very much the mingling of innovative interior spaces with respect for the powerful and very successful original exterior architecture. The restoration of green spaces (gardens, seating, sculptures, etc.) and water features to the public spaces outside turns out to be the original design! Guess this went by the wayside and the dreary concrete wasteland terraces and parking lots resulted. I do still wish you can preserve the grand staircase, but not because of the Rocky steps connection. There is already a great view of the city from the entire way up. This is one of the architecture's strongest features and I don't get the function of breaking it up.

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Suzanne - 8.24.2014 - 3:18 PM
I love the idea of bringing so much more light into the Museum. The plan for the east entrance with landscaping to soften the exterior with the fountain and glass into the gallery below is exciting.

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Leni Dow - 8.24.2014 - 2:01 PM
I love the idea of the lower entrance in the middle of the east side stairway. It opens the visual aspects of the museum to the outside world!

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Dick - 8.24.2014 - 1:57 PM
The relocation of the auditorium andn all it entails is ingenious. The outside stair towers are ugly and look stuck-on

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Larry Carter, member - 8.24.2014 - 1:43 PM
When I heard about the new plans for the art museum I was struck by the concept of the "window" in the "Rocky" steps. For me it was not the Rocky identity but the tremendous and beautiful steps themselves. This exhibit has been so helpful for me. I realized that I needed to actually see what was proposed looked like. Now that I have seen the concept in the model I now like it. For the people who run up the steps yet never decide to go in the museum the window has the potential of an "open invitation".However the invitation needs to show something that invites someone in and not just something dry. I see the importance of a changing element in the display that that person sees so they learn just by being able to look through the window that there is an exciting dynamic life inside that they can join. Thank you for this opportunity to express what you see and what I see.

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Linda Saltford - 8.24.2014 - 1:14 PM
I think this is REALLY important to do. It will bring this fine museum into current times and thinking. I understand that some old folks are not for this and some people think it will detract from the "Rocky" steps effect - get over it.For one that is in his 70's it needs to be done.

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Bob Sutton - 8.24.2014 - 11:29 AM
I like the proposed changes. The Museum now is too dismal and dark, especially at the entrance. The new design makes it light and inviting, and adds interesting features that renew the purpose of the building.Just do it!

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Ed - 8.23.2014 - 4:50 PM
I believe this is a necessary restoration to bring more people to this great site with its wonderful art and beauty. Also I am all for the city view window element of the design!

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Joseph Gallo - 8.23.2014 - 4:48 PM
Really like many of the proposed changes, but absolutely hate the hole in the middle of the steps--it looks dangerous especially in the winter when the ice

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Janet - 8.23.2014 - 4:16 PM
I came with mom today and Im not all that interested in art but this museum inspires me and shows me that people from all walks of life... have paintings in this museum and it shows me that I can be anything I want to be

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Tiffany - 8.23.2014 - 4:11 PM
I live very close to the museum and never had too much of a desire to visit. Then my coworker lent me his guest pass and he kept asking me until I found myself here today. I don't know why it took so long for me to come. Everything is amazing and I plan to come much, much more often.

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Katurah - 8.23.2014 - 4:09 PM
Fantastic! A wonderful expression of the current architecture blending with the proposed design. The addition will bring much needed natural light to both the new and existing spaces all tied together physically and visually. I'll enjoy watching the design be implemented over the next 15 years.

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Doug - 8.23.2014 - 3:59 PM
moving the friday concerts from the grand stair to the forum. underneath the museum? i don't think so. too claustrophobic. too much like a tomb.the lady with the bow and arrow will be lonely...

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lawrence d'antonio - 8.23.2014 - 3:35 PM
i liked it all

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jessica - 8.23.2014 - 2:35 PM
This is a really interesting exhibit. I saw it weeks and had a visceral response of dislike of the plan to break the steps. why not make them see though if you must by replacing the upright parts of the steps with glass?And I hate the pediments replaced by glass> I think it looks bad and will feel dated and elitist at the same time in a hot second.

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Laura Hawley - 8.23.2014 - 2:25 PM
The forum space may be much more satisfying if the superscale elements were broken down into a more graduated design reflecting the human scale in more than an occasional stair or balcony rail.

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never mind - 8.23.2014 - 12:22 PM
We love the new plans for the entrance and connecting the city to the museum, the stairs, fountains and interior light wells are both inviting from the outside and bring the outside in. One suggestion we have is inspired by our visits to the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco. When it was reinvented this past decade a viewing tower with 360 degree glass walls was included. The access to the tower is free and is accessed by a dedicated elevator in the lobby. We thought that a similar dedicated elevator to the loft windows would be a wonderful way to get the public into the museum who might not typically venture in, once they are in they just might be enticed to continue the museum experience. Think about it. Good luck Philadelphia!

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Lisa Thorpe and Jack Dowling - 8.23.2014 - 11:16 AM

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