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April 23, 2009

Debating the Design Depression: Austerity vs Extravagance

Fast Company
By Alissa Walker

Atlantic Yards makes a cameo in an article about the handwringing over the direction of design and architecture during a global economic depression:

But is it indeed immoral to design something overly large, overly decadent, overly expensive in these dark times? Should Hadid be publicly tried for her design crimes? Should the auto designers with sleek yet oil-dependent cars on their drawing boards be damned to design hell? Frank Gehry for wanting his fantastical Atlantic Yards to become a reality? Moss for pushing something like Hella Jongerius' Polder Sofa ($10,615)? The whole of Milan this week for perpetuating such a concept? And where do we possibly draw the line?


NoLandGrab: The community has wondered if it is "immoral" to force neighborhood residents to sell their homes for a professional basketball arena, to use taxpayer money for the privilege and not reveal the real costs, to fund "astroturf" organizations and call it grassroots support, etc.

You don't have to dig deep to ponder the social and moral consequences of the Atlantic Yards project; it's ironic that designers and architects should all of a sudden start now.

Posted by lumi at April 23, 2009 6:35 AM