June 19, 2006
Brooklyn's Trojan Horse
What's wrong with the buildings Frank Gehry wants to put in my neighborhood?
Letham on scale:
The scale of this project was one of Ratner's company's preconditions for the site; it's not something that originates in your aesthetic. Guess what? It's a huge mistake—emphasis on the huge.
...on Gehry's development partner Forest City Ratner:
In the spirit of calling a liar a liar, let me be absolutely clear: Your partners have been lying to Brooklyn.
...on "Ratner's abhorrent track record:"
it's these dim, soul-crushing buildings that created such distrust in Brooklynites in the first place.
...on the Williamsburg Savings Bank tower:
Your proposal would both dwarf and block sight of the tower, the rough equivalent of erecting a new World Trade Center within a block or two of the Chrysler Building.
...on the narrative behind "Miss Brooklyn:"
Pardon me, but bleeechh. I don't know whether many great buildings have been founded on notions at once so metaphorically impoverished and so slickly patronizing.
Posted by lumi at June 19, 2006 3:27 PM