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January 19, 2007

Gehry jousts with protestor, says FCR kept him on a leash

Atlantic Yards Report reports on Lucy Koteen's close encounter with Frank Gehry.

Lucy Koteen, a protestor who'd gone inside the doors to warm up approached Gehry.

At a meeting held in November 2005 by the American Institute of Architects, [Koteen] said, she reminded Gehry that she’d sent him several letters.

"What happened?" Gehry had asked her at the time, according to Koteen's report. (I wasn't at that event or yesterday's encounter.)

"Nothing," Koteen replied. "You never answered me."

"Do you hate me?" Gehry responded.

(Gehry is sensitive to criticism. Last January, he told an audience, even before any criticism was sent his way, “We’re trying, I am trying, and you’ll still hate what I do, anyway.")

Yesterday, reminding Gehry of this, Koteen said he responded, "You're the one who didn't like me."
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“He told me that we were all going to love it when it is built," Koteen said. "I told him that the shadows would kill all our gardens and that the traffic there is already horrible and there is no solution for it. He said, ‘They protested me with candlelight vigils in Spain over Bilbao and now they want to kiss me when I go there.’"

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Posted by lumi at January 19, 2007 11:11 AM