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December 21, 2007

Where were you? Brooklyn AIA offers belated, underinformed AY solutions

Atlantic Yards Report

Some of the most sober and trenchant criticism of Atlantic Yards has come from architects, notably Jonathan Cohn in his now on-hiatus Brooklyn Views blog. Now, four years after the project was announced, a letter to the editor published in this week's Brooklyn Paper is the first evidence, as far as I can tell, that the Brooklyn chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA)--or any other AIA chapter--has taken a stance on Atlantic Yards.

Despite attempts to be constructive, the message is underinformed and in some ways misguided.

Norman Oder examines I. Donald Weston's bizarre assertion that the "stadium" — oops, it's an "arena" — could be "relocated further away from the street," brings up the temporary surface parking lot, which runs counter to Weston's four-point traffic plan, and explains that had the American Institute of Architects submitted these comments to the Empire State Development Corporation during the environmental review in 2006, they might have received some sort of response.

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Posted by lumi at December 21, 2007 5:30 AM