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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

Times Critic Ouroussoff Happier With New Arena Design But Displeased With Atlantic Yards

The Times
architecture critic who savaged Ratner's fifth arena design now weighs in on his sixth one and, though he thinks it is an improvement, he concludes that it doesn't cut the mustard:
New Yards Design Draws From the Old
NY Times. Architecture Review
By Nicolai Ouroussoff.

To say that the 22-acre Atlantic Yards development project in Brooklyn is in disarray is not a major revelation. That it may still be possible to save — and may even be worth saving — comes as news.

When Bruce Ratner, the project’s developer, fired Frank Gehry last year — after getting city approval on the basis of Mr. Gehry’s design — and replaced him with Ellerbe Becket, a firm known for churning out generic stadiums, it seemed like a cynical double cross. Ellerbe Becket’s bland proposal for a basketball arena replaced a much more ambitious scheme from Mr. Gehry, which cleverly integrated the arena into a surrounding group of residential and commercial towers. That design seemed destined to create a black hole at one of Brooklyn’s most lively intersections. Many were appalled.

Chastened, Mr. Ratner quickly hired Shop Architects, a young New York firm, to spiff up the arena, and the results, unveiled on Wednesday, are somewhat more promising. Some of Mr. Gehry’s original ideas, like opening views from the sidewalk into the arena, have been restored. Mr. Ratner has reduced the size of the structure, moving team offices to another site. And Shop has wrapped it in an appealing rust-colored steel skin, which will make it less harsh on the eye.

But it still falls short of the high architectural standards set by the design the city was originally promised. And too many questions remain unanswered about the overall plan — in particular, when and whether Mr. Ratner’s company, Forest City Ratner, will ever build the surrounding buildings, and, assuming it does, who will design them. Without them the cohesion of the original plan falls apart.
...

Still the larger project remains worrisome. In Mr. Gehry’s original design, all of the structures were conceived as part of a single cohesive scheme. (All five of the buildings’ foundations, for example, would have to have been built at the same time.) To defer additional costs, Mr. Ratner has divided up the design. The arena will be built first, and then, he says, the foundations for the residential and commercial buildings will be dug, once he is ready to start the next stage of construction.

This risks producing an oddly clunky composition. Although Mr. Ratner says he still plans to build the towers, possibly hiring an architect for the first one by the end of the year, the current design was clearly conceived to be able to stand alone, and it is hard to see how it would be integrated into a larger, convincing urban whole. Despite Mr. Ratner’s reassurances, it is also possible that one or two of the towers will never be built, which would take us back to square one.
...

It is probably the best Mr. Ratner can do, given time and money constraints. But his problems, sadly, are now our problems too. And they may force us to live for decades with what is ultimately a compromised design.
(Emphasis added.)

Perhaps a "rust-colored steel skin" on a massive arena is appealing to some, but that sure seems far-fetched.

Anyway, of concern to us and many (and as should be of concern to ACORN and all the politicians who still support the Atlantic Yards boondoggle because of promised affordable housing) is the fact that the new design shows only the arena, no affordable housing and no privately-owned, publicly accessible open space, which were the supposed public benefits of the project. Ouroussoff hits the nail on the head about this problem, telegraphed by the renderings, though he doesn't realize it, when he writes: "the current design was clearly conceived to be able to stand alone."

Atlantic Yards was not sold as a stand alone arena and was not approved as one. New York State cannot allow Ratner to get the rights to 22 acres of land to build a stand alone arena surrounded by parking lots, which is the most likely outcome if they do give him control of the land.

(Update: Norman Oder takes a closer look at the Ouroussoff review.)



Posted: 9.09.09
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