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Not Book Learnin'

As the New York Public Library's landmarked 42nd Street flagship continues to sort out an alternate renovation plan to the stacks-killing Norman Foster design that was nixed earlier this year, officials are traveling to other cities for models in architecture. So, they've done this search-for-inspiration before, but this time, they're visiting bookstores, museums, and... the Apple store. If they decide to encase the lions with a glass cube, rest assured that there will be surveys and focus groups seeking public opinion this time around. [WSJ; previously]