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March 21, 2008

Times critic Ouroussoff says Gehry should pull out of the truncated “eyesore” AY may become

Atlantic Yards Report

Norman Oder illustrates the evolution of The Times's achitecture critic's position on Atlantic Yards, and corrects the record on a few items in the "elegy" for the project:

After an initial column praising Atlantic Yards, New York Times architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff in June 2006 wrote a more pensive if hardly tough assessment of the project, taking up the cause of architect Frank Gehry, lamenting his lack of sway with developer Bruce Ratner and the failure of the government to plan for open space.

Six months ago, Ouroussoff was predicting a redesign for Phase One of Atlantic Yards, one that would reveal whether “Brooklyn will receive a dazzling 21st-century version of Rockefeller Center.” It never emerged.

Now that financing troubles (and more) have slowed the project significantly, reducing it to an arena at first, Ouroussoff has written something of an elegy, urging Gehry to leave the project, predicting blight (!), and even seeming to emerge as a project opponent.

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Posted by lumi at March 21, 2008 6:03 AM