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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

Is Gehry Gone? If So, What Does it Mean For Atlantic Yards?

Norman Oder provides a FAQ or Frequently Asked Questions (Frankly Asked Questions, perhaps?) on the recent "murky" reports regarding Frank Gehry's non-involvement or involvement with the Atlantic Yards project and Forest City Ratner. Our supposition is that Frank Gehry is no longer working on this project as Ratner desperately attempts to cut costs, which Oder explains could be impossible to do.

Oder speculates on what a non-Gehry arena or Gehry knock-off could mean for the various arena sponsors such as Barclays and many others, as well as those who have bought or expressed interest in buying luxury suites in what was sold to them as a world class, state-of-the-art arena designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry.

Get your FAQ here:
Why Frank Gehry is Brett Yormark's problem (and other FAQs)

The murky news that Atlantic Yards architect Frank Gehry's role has receded, and that an arena would be designed with cost-cutting in mind from its previous $950 million price tag, raises several questions, most of which can be answered only with circumstantial or incomplete evidence.

But that evidence, so far, hints at even more trouble for the project, at least if developer Forest City Ratner can't use Gehry to sell suites and sponsorships.

So, what happened with Gehry?

According to two news reports, though without named sources, Gehry laid off his staffers working on Atlantic Yards. (One commenter asserted the staffers were merely shifted.) One report said it was because he hadn't been paid.

Is Gehry off the project?

According to Forest City Ratner, no.

Is he on the project?

It depends on what we mean by "on." Gehry may still be providing guidance on his designs, but the arena may be out of his hands by now. Forest City Ratner won't specify what his role is.

Is Gehry's relationship with Forest City Ratner strained?

Possibly. He's been more cooperative in the past; last May, when the flagship office tower was redesigned, Gehry dutifully declared:
The design for Miss Brooklyn, which we now call Building One, has become very special for me.

Gehry hasn't said anything similar, defending his current role. When it was reported that landscape architect Laurie Olin was off the project, both Olin and the developer said he was on sabbatical but the relationship was fine.

Then, why hasn't Gehry complained about his (apparent) diminished role?

Unclear. Maybe he's waiting to get paid. Maybe he's expecting to have more of a role. Maybe a contract clause keeps him from speaking out. He said three years ago, "I think if it got out of whack with my own principles, I would walk away."

What's wrong with value engineering to reduce costs?

Nothing. Gehry recognized the issue three years ago. But it may be a little late in the process now. And it may change the design of the arena significantly.

If Gehry is gone or his role diminished, shouldn't Forest City Ratner be worried?

Well, Gehry was a selling point for a B1 anchor office tenant, for the market-rate housing, and for the arena.

Why is this a problem for New Jersey Nets CEO Brett Yormark?

Well, presumably when Barclays Capital bought arena naming rights, they wanted their name attached to a building designed by the world's most famous architect. Ditto for the sponsors who've already signed on. Those who've bought luxury suites, designed by Gehry, presumably factored Gehry's role into the cost. The unsold suites should be tougher to sell, and it should be toughter to attract additional sponsors. And, depending on how things unfold, some who've already signed on may look for an escape clause.

Are elected officials more wary of Atlantic Yards?

It seems so. Mayor Mike Bloomberg yesterday, in his State of the City Address, cited Coney Island, Willets Point, and Hunters Point South as important projects. Atlantic Yards he ignored.

What may be bigger news this week?

The hint that Forest City Ratner may be trying to chintz the MTA out of an upgraded railyard.
Full article.

Posted: 1.16.09
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