The Wall Street
Journal joins the Daily
News and The Times
in reporting that Gehry has a reduced role (perhaps reduced to nothing) in
the design of the Atlantic Yards proposal. The starchitect has been taken out
of the picture as a cost cutting measure.
The Journal article makes it pretty clear that if the Atlantic Yards
project ever happens, its arena will not be a Frank Gehry arena:
If this is correct, this means that, as of now, Ratner doesn't have a Frank Gehry
May Scale Back Plan for Nets' Brooklyn Arena
By Matthew Futterman
...Mr. Gehry, the renowned architect of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain,
and other modern masterpieces, did not return phone calls seeking comment.
Mr. Gehry has overseen the design of nearly every element of the planned Brooklyn
arena and the proposed surrounding development, from the overall building
architecture to the lighting and plumbing fixtures in the luxury suites.
A final design has never been approved, but preliminary designs included
massive glass atriums, and tilted levels of seats built in the fashion of
a butterfly's wings. (Emphasis added).
Of course a lot of people and entities, including Barclays and their $400 million
naming rights, bought into Ratner's project precisely because of Frank Gehry.