Obama unveils design for $500 million presidential library

Patrice Gainsbourg
Mai 9, 2017

After he and former First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled the design of the Obama Presidential Center today, he spoke about their intentions for the upcoming space-and you will definitely want to visit the three-building campus.

The museum will not only house exhibitions and office space but will also contain meeting rooms for education and training.

"We actually think we'll have an opportunity to collaborate with Chicago, and we hope there might be an opportunity to have two centers for the president", said A.J. Halagao, who chaired fundraisers to bring the library to Hawaii, during a 2013 interview. Mrs. Obama did not speak, but the former president offered new details of their vision for their presidential center.

In an effort to dispel the perception of Chicago as a violent, unsafe city, Barack Obama seeks to start job creation programs immediately. "It's not as good as it could be". Three buildings are included in the presidential center concept, including the Museum, Forum, and Library - forming a campus surrounding a public plaza.

The Obama Foundation said the total center could span up to 225,000 square feet and green space would be preserved. "It has, it has never sparkled more", Obama added.

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A handout illustration made available on May 3, 2017 by the Obama Foundation shows a view of the Obama Presidential Center. "[Its'] so right away our young people get to work". "The design approach for the Center is guided by the goal of creating a true community asset that seeks to inspire and empower the public to take on the greatest challenges of our time", said the team at Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects in a statement. Upkeep of the libraries are funded by American taxpayers.

The Obamas are in Chicago Wednesday to unveil the library and host a roundtable discussion on the future of the Center. Homicides in Chicago had been decreasing for several years, but ticked up last year.

The inclusion of a recording studio is unorthodox, but it's also not surprising considering Obama's affinity for music.

"We don't want to wait for a building", Obama said in a video shared by ABC News. Tiger Woods is also set to design a golf course to replace the current course in the city park, leading to hopes for revitalization of the area as well as concerns from some in the community that gentrification of the neighborhood may be inevitable.

"It transformed downtown Chicago and the same thing can happen here but we have to be bold in how we visualize the project", he said. According to the Obamas, their presidential library would be different from the handful of others around the country.

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