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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

The Gehry Question

Gehry, off the ranch, throws Ratner under the bus. But at least they're friends.

Nets beat reporter Dave D'Alessandro expresses a few opinions about Bruce Ratner's former starchitect and what his departure from the Atlantic Yards projct and Barclays Center arena may portend:

NJ Nets: The Gehry Question
Star Ledger. By Dave D'Alessandro

We're not in the habit of criticizing octogenarians, because we have an earnest desire to be one someday, and besides, some of our best friends fit that description.

It's a pretty sure bet that Bruce Ratner feels the same way, so he can't exactly call Frank Gehry dotty or addled, because he needs the architect to sell his project -- not only to make the sponsors stay on board, but just for his gravitas.

He can call him impatient and egocentric and just laugh it off, because that part is true with most architects. There's a great old line from Frank Lloyd Wright, who said, "Early in life, I realized I had to choose between hypocritical modesty or honest arrogance, and I chose the latter."

That, by the accounts we've read, is what you also get with Gehry. We wouldn't know, we never met the man. We only know him by his work, and frankly, that expressionist postmodern stuff makes us avert our eyes.

You should take a look sometime: The Guggenheim in Spain is positively hideous; the Weisman in Minneapolis looks like a cartoonish acid trip. The only thing we ever liked, really, was the Dancing House in Prague, even if it probably gave the poor Czechs second thoughts about the benefits of the Iron Curtain coming down.

But overall, we always agreed with The Perfessor's splendid description of those eccentric spaces Gehry uses: "It looks like a place where cats go to die," he said of one design.

Still, for what it's worth, Gehry is at the heart of the Brooklyn project, and Ratner is tethered to him. And now the Master Builder is saying the project is kaput.

We'd say Ratner has some explaining to do. As Dan Goldstein put it yesterday, there really is no project without Gehry, who isn't getting any younger; and it certainly seems there is no Gehry commitment anymore, no matter how much back-tracking he does through a publicist.

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Speaking of morose subjects. . . .

Posted: 3.25.09
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