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"Why should people get to see plans? This isn't a public project."
Bruce Ratner in Crain's Nov. 8, 2009

Welcome to the FantasyDome: Frank Gehry's New Atlantic Yards Renderings

Ladies and gentleman, your new Frank Gehry design for Atlantic Yards (well, for Phase 1, Phase 2 is an afterthought—designed by nobody—that could be parking lots for the unforeseeable future post Ratner-demolition; See related story in today's NY Post "The Future is Blight."). One might say we've gone from the absurd to the ridiculous, but we won't say that.

Take note that the oddly named "Miss Brooklyn" has been disappeared—the name, that is—and now it is the decidedly more modest Building 1. Good-bye Miss Brooklyn, we hardly knew ye, but we knew ye enough.

The Daily News, which has the exclusive new renderings, leads with a headline that Miss Brooklyn/Building 1 has been "slashed by 100 feet." That's not news. As Norman Oder explains on his Atlantic Yards Report that reduction from 620 feet to 511 feet was announced on December 20, 2006 as a "last minute concession" on the day the Public Authorities Control Board approved the project. Though it is the first time a rendering of the 511 foot tower has been released. So what the Daily News headline writer does ("Atlantic Yards' Miss Brooklyn is slashed more than 100 feet in massive redo")—one day after giving Ratner an opinion column and an uncritical, regurgitating Cliff's Notes guide to the column—is allow Ratner to pretend he has downsized his building once again. He hasn't; he has just shown it for the first time. So that historical context is important.

There are all sorts of opinions on Frank Gehry's work, and clearly he is world famous. But all can agree that he is not a magician. And it would take a magician to make Atlantic Yards work architecturally and in a planning context. It's just too much for the planned space, too cramped. But we have a sense that this design is not going to be any better received than the last one (this is at least the 3rd design.) And let's be clear, Gehry can re-work his designs on a weekly basis and it won't change the core fact that Atlantic Yards is an inappropriate, developer driven, out of scale, overly dense, overly subsidized, eminent domain abusing land grab, approved without any democratic procedures.

Notice there is an odd, but patriotic, red, white and blue theme to the new renderings. And notice that Phase 1 apparently would be built not in Downtown Brooklyn, not in Prospect Heights but, rather, in a black void of darkness. Compare that to the Municipal Art Society renderings in today's NY Post which show the project built out in the neigborhood context, or built only in part surrounded by blank lots and parking lots, but also in the neighborhood context. Note that the NY Times archiecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff just 2 weeks ago, wrote an article about intentionally misleading, sleight of hand, architectural renderings (Now You See It, Now You Don’t and from AYR Now he tells us: NYT's Ouroussoff criticizes "distorted reality" of project renderings).

One thing is realistic about the rendering. It doesn't show Phase 2. That makes sense as the developer has given no timeline to build that phase, which would include the bulk of the project's proposed "affordable" housing; and the State Funding Agreement specifies no timeline for Phase 2 either.

Anyway, ladies and gentleman, now you see it, now you don't...Frank Gehry's new Atlantic Yards Phase 1 renderings:

Posted: 5.05.08
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