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May 30, 2006

The superblock that dares not speak its name

It's an urban room, it's open space... no, it's SUPERBLOCKS!

Atlantic Yards Report

ItsSuperblocks.jpg Despite the fact that Bruce Ratner and Frank Gehry dare not utter the word, Atlantic Yards Report points out that the Ratner-Gehry plan is full of "superblocks."

But what's the big deal about superblocks? Landscape designer Laurie Olin sees it as an opportunity for open space. In fact, that's been the big sell since the concept was originally introduced: density plus open space. A win-win for cities, right? Au contraire, mon frère ("No way, bro!"). Decades of experimentation with the superblock has proven the concept to be flawed and a detriment to urban life.

So why do even architectural critics have trouble using the S-word when discussing the Ratner-Gehry plan?

Posted by lumi at May 30, 2006 9:45 AM