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Change the steps?!?!?! Looks like everyone that is posting hates the idea. Who do we need to contact to stop this stupid plan!?!?!?! Who is in charge of this stupid idea?!?!?!

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arch-y - 9.9.2014 - 10:09 AM
WOW, I hope the changes that are to be made on the Rocky steps are never going to happen. That is probably the absolute worst change that could ever happen to the museum. The Philly Art Museum prides itself on being a landmark, and it most definitely is. BUT digging a big hole or busting a window (or whatever) in the center of the steps is stepping over its boundaries. When people from all over the world come to visit Philly, everyone always wants to visit the Rocky steps, even if they've never seen the movie before. How exactly are they supposed to run up the middle of the steps now, like Rocky?? Are they expected to run around the hole, over the window (that’ll be great for the people underneath) or up the side of the steps for a half-hearted experience? I don’t think so. And with so many people always lounging on the steps, people running up its side won’t for a second, decrease its amount of space. Nope, not at all…
AND for the vast number of people who just like to hang outside on the Rocky steps overlooking the beautiful city, whatever the weather, building a giant hole in the middle of the steps just has to be the best way to increase space...So what? Are people expected to crowd below the hole for half a view of the city or sit at the top of the steps, above the hole, for a beautiful view of the city…in addition to the fact that there’s a gaping hole in front of them!?
FURTHERMORE, the sole fact that Rocky, a heroic athlete from an inspirational movie, ran up the Philly Art Museum steps before his big fight is a booming proclamation and inspiration for so many. People constantly use the monumental landmark as a reminder of their own physical fitness agenda and their own personal goals. In order to make one of Philly's greatest landmarks better, let's definitely drastically alter its most prominent and known aspect that Philadelphians love and are so proud of....Great idea Frank Gehry…Great idea...

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AL - 9.8.2014 - 10:19 PM
I hope this is a joke. The image of what may happen to the lovely PMA is hideous. Whatever happened to harmonizing with existing structures?

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Diana MB Roberts - 9.5.2014 - 5:20 PM
As a Philadelphia native, I am thrilled about these changes to the interior of the museum. I was worried when I first heard of these plans that the outside architecture would be altered in a way that would mar the landscape, but I am ecstatic at the proposed changes to the outdoor space as it invites visitors and natives to relax and enjoy the beautiful landscape that is Philadelphia. I'm also glad to hear of the substantial increase in space that will be devoted to modern and contemporary art. Even if I move away from Philly in the coming years, whenever I visit I'll be sure to see the new Art Museum!

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Chris Julien - 8.31.2014 - 3:55 PM
As an architect, I absolutely love it.The best stair option is the court yard. A fantastic way to invite people into the museum and it keeps with the architectural history of the building.Showing the street level view may help people understand the minimal visual impact.Very creative use of light and light wells (especially the fountain in the courtyard). The solution is modern with a sensitivity to history. Thank you for sharing the design process with the community.

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Chris Keller - 8.31.2014 - 3:46 PM
This museum is amazing!! the combination between paintings, sculptures, and architecture through years of humanity makes it special. Different cultures, people, art, beliefs, history are combined and shared in this museum. Thank you.

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Alejandro Paez Gomez, Lantejuela, Sevilla, Spain. - 8.31.2014 - 2:45 PM
The proposed changed to the museum (with the exception of the deeply unattractive steps glues to the sides of the facade) are thoughtful and quite appealing. I hope the city of Philadelphia and the MUseum invests the funds to bring this beautiful and recognizable landmark into the present and equip it to continue to serve the community in the future

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JFCS - 8.31.2014 - 2:00 PM
MIDDLE AGE COURT YARD WAS LIKE I WAS REALLY THERE.

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MADDY - 8.31.2014 - 1:34 PM
Outside of the improvements to level c, I think Mr. Gehry's changes will provide no additional beauty or improvemnet to the current architecture of the Museum. The idea to cut out a large portion of the east step is the final insult to this very beautiful museum. Other States wish they had such a beautiful building with such great charm......including LA! Improve the museum, don't destroy it!

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M.Guthrie - 8.30.2014 - 4:30 PM
Excellent, logical, carefully planned proposal; while I understand the hesitation of many concerning the tentative change in the Eastern steps, I trust this is, in the long term, a better urban gesture that will improve the E/W axis and the connection to the urban milieu. The daylighting and visual connection that will accompany that change, in particular, will outweigh any perceived losses by removing a portion of the steps.

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NEMariakis - 8.30.2014 - 1:35 PM
Love the idea of opening up the East side space on top. Also love the idea of having a view of center city from the top of the museum

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Anonymous - 8.30.2014 - 11:03 AM
The majority of the proposed changes - from the change in traffic flow at the West Entrance, to the addition of the underground East galleries, to the opening of the Kelly Drive entrance and re-use of the vaulted arcade - make complete sense to me and would likely enhance the functionality and beauty of the existing structure. The one proposed change that does not appeal to me, nor seems to make much sense functionally, is the proposal to cut into a large section of the iconic East steps to create a seating area where visitors face one another across an open space. I like the idea of adding the picture window which faces the skyline, however this alone does not justify cutting into the steps in this way. Contrary to popular belief, the steps are NOT merely for tourists to run up and do their Rocky fist pump. The steps, as they exist today, are very much FUNCTIONAL and very are an integral part of the Fairmount/Art Museum community. People jog there, stretch, take pictures, walk their dogs, kiss, and sit to admire the skyline. Disrupting this architectural element WITHOUT adding a functional entrance to the museum - as illustrated in the 2011 iteration - would be a serious mistake in my opinion. Thank you for your consideration. Chris Cordone, Philadelphia, PA

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Chris Cordone - 8.29.2014 - 7:24 PM
This is wonderful and so important for the city. Art museums are for art, and if modifying (NOT destroying) the "Rocky steps" will make the PMA more accessible and inviting to Philadelphians, we should all be grateful to Mr. Gehry and his associates.

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Irene - 8.29.2014 - 6:21 PM
the impressive plans for the presently unused vaulted space is a wise and awsome.l However the hole in the staircase is both impractical and unsafe after hours. It is best to keep the integrety of the existing strecture and to keep in mind the preservation of the art as a priority.

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c gaspero - 8.29.2014 - 4:38 PM
Fabulous plans! Hope it all comes to pass, including the window to the city set into the entrance steps.

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Clare - 8.29.2014 - 2:50 PM
While I think the renovations of the Museum are great, there are 2 areas that cause me to wonder what is going on.The first are the main stairs from the Parkway. To chop them open - as one of the preliminary designs suggests - will bring the masses of Philadelphia residents out with pitchforks

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Ron Stoloff - 8.29.2014 - 1:56 PM
Rocky aside, the step alteration is an abomination. Looks ridiculous. Gehry is an architect from LA. LA. The ugliest city in the US. He's bringing that sensibility to the PMA. What did you expect?! We should have picked an East Coast Architect who is more aligned with our sense of space, social interaction, and values.

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Randal - 8.29.2014 - 11:31 AM
I don't understand why the local politicians don't stand up to Gehry and prevent the hole in the steps. There's no other solution to the light problem? Really? Put in some LED's!!!
We all know that William Penn looks like he is holding his junk from certain angles. I am guessing that the view of William Penn from that hole is precisely that correct angle. Once again, I am am saddened for the local politicians for not having the insight, strength and brightness to see a problem and prevent world embarrassment.

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Tom - 8.28.2014 - 8:34 PM
I was very impressed with the changes to the museum. I strongely suggest that the front steps stay as they are. They are too iconic to change.

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Elaine - 8.28.2014 - 4:17 PM
love the whole design, but, leave the east stairs ALONE. they are an important symbol of philly.

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len - 8.28.2014 - 4:14 PM

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