I disagree, and I'll tell you why.
I want to see Bevin/Seret style 'hoods used for individuals and communities. A place for people to gather, to share, to relax.
Then we have guilds. As things exist now, guilds have their own Watcher's Pub. What do the guild pubs offer? A holo-projector. If members wanted anything displayed, they had to specifically request it from Cyan.
What I would like to see is having Kirel-style 'hoods for guilds.
This means guilds would get an auditorium for full guild meetings or general interest announcements. They'd get a classroom for small classes or seminars (I ran beginner-level D'ni language classes, fr'ex). 'Hoods already have one screen for images/text and one for technical information. It would, I would think, be trivial to set the classroom screen so that guild members could access it as well.
Guilds would have a place to work, to do things. Instead of just a room to stand around in, they'd have a functional work space. Of course, this doesn't even cover what could be done with the egg room, the Heek table, and the light garden, or any additional rooms that might be added. A large book room/library for the guild of writers? Sure. Maps for the guild of cartographers? Why not?
Kirel has already been associated with guilds, as that was where we read about the five guilds and were able to get T-shirts for them. Why not expand on that?
Nice post, I agree with you on this.
The pubs are a nice place to hang out but thats all, the D'ni where more laid back about things and I can see them all kicking back and hanging out with fellow guildies and having discissions about the days issues there.
Sadly we're only expected to live 80 - 100 years if we are lucky