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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

Breaking News: Gehry Thinks Atlantic Yards Is Not "Going to Happen"

The Architect's Newspaper breaks the news.

Frank Gehry, unchained and for the first time not toeing Forest City Ratner's PR line, proclaims Atlantic Yards is dead:
Q&A: Gehry at 80

... Which other unrealized commissions do you most wish had been built?


The Corcoran Gallery in DC, the Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn—I don’t think it’s going to happen. There are projects underway that are being threatened, and may not be completed. That would be devastating to me. Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles is also on hold.

(Emphasis added.)
So. Is Atlantic Yards dead? Or is the "liberal do-gooder" Frank Gehry just speaking liberally?

While Ratner's project is a big question mark, it appears to be clear that his star architect-a key selling point for the project and the arena's naming-rights sponsor Barclays bank-is no longer working on the project. Mr. Gehry would not have made this comment if he were still involved with Atlantic Yards and Forest City Ratner. Star architects simply do not say such things about their clients.

Update (10:15pm):

Norman Oder follows the story on his Atlantic Yards Report:
Gehry on Atlantic Yards: "I don’t think it’s going to happen" (ask him May 11 in NYC

Atlantic Yards architect Frank Gehry has finally expressed serious public doubts about Atlantic Yards, which leads to the following questions:
  • how much does he know?
  • what led to his candor?
  • can the Barclays Center be built without him?
...
Is AY really dead?


While the New York Daily News said Gehry declared the project "dead," he didn't speak with complete certainty, so we should expect a statement soon from developer Forest City Ratner.

After all, Mayor Mike Bloomberg said yesterday that he thought the project could get built without the Gehry design.

If so, the Barclays Center naming rights deal, already under fire because of the AIG connection, might be reconsidered by the bank, since it was signing on to a Gehry arena, not a generic one. That raises major question marks about the developer's capacity to build an arena.

Gehry vs. Ratner

The Daily News probably was correct, however, in observing that "The comment suggests the troubled relationship between Gehry and developer Bruce Ratner is over."

On February 6, I suggested that Gehry wasn't talking about AY because he didn't want to jeopardize his relationship with Ratner, the developer of the Beekman Tower.

Now that the Beekman Tower may be compromised, Gehry may feel more free to talk...

And the Daily News takes its look at the Gehry quote. We don't think Gehry was saying the project is dead. Rather he was basically saying the projec is dead...to him.:
Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn is dead, says its architect Frank Gehry
By Jotham Sederstrom

The multi-billion Atlantic Yards development in Brooklyn is dead, according to one who should know: the "starchitect" who was going to build it.

Asked by a trade paper about "unrealized commissions" he most wishes had been built, famed 80-year-old architect Frank Gehry brought up Atlantic Yards.

"I don't think it's going to happen," he told the Architect's Newspaper in an interview published online.

The comment suggests the troubled relationship between Gehry and developer Bruce Ratner is over.

"While Ratner's project is a big question mark, it appears to be clear that his star architect - a key selling point for the project, its sponsors and Barclays bank - is no longer working on the project," said Daniel Goldstein, a member of the anti-Yards group Develop Don't Destroy.
...

Mayor Bloomberg this week suggested the project may still get built - but on a smaller scale and without Gehry.

"It would be sad if Atlantic Yards gets built without the Gehry design, which would've been phenomenal for this city," Bloomberg said. "I gather at this point it looks like that the only ways Ratner's going to get that done is to do it at a lower cost and not to do everything at the same time."



Posted: 3.24.09
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