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September 3, 2009

Post-Gehry, Atlantic Yards' Nets Arena To Be Designed by New York Boutique SHoP

The NY Observer
By Eliot Brown

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After dropping famed architect Frank Gehry from the Nets basketball arena planned for Brooklyn, the developer of the massive mixed-use project has brought in New York-based architecture firm SHoP to assist in the design of the venue, according to a person informed of the decision.

The developer, Forest City Ratner, plans to unveil renderings of the $800 million arena later this month.

The choice seems a face-saving move for Forest City, as a substantial backlash from public officials and the press followed its decision to drop Mr. Gehry in the name of cost.

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Surely City Planning Commission Chair Amanda Burden, who reportedly leaked the "hangar-like" design of Ellerbe Becket (which replaced Frank Gehry), is now pleased that a firm with some cachet is on the job. She already likes SHoP.

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It is important to note that while there is a new firm designing the arena (and presumably they'll be working with Ellerbe Becket) there are no new renderings. Ratner waited until after the public comment period on the Modified General Project Plan ended on August 31st. Presumably the new renderings will be released soon before, or even on the day of, the ESDC's September 17th board meeting, when the board is expected to rubberstamp the project, again, no matter what the arena looks like and no matter that the rest of the project has no designs at all.

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The young firm, which has never designed an arena, will work alongside Eberle [sic] Beckett — experts at efficient, if uninspiring, stadium design.
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Of course, elsewhere in the Observer, they're reporting that underlying fundamentals of commercial real-estate investments are going to cause a massive plateau on mortgage defaults in the next two years, so we're not going to hold our breath on seeing any of this executed.

Posted by lumi at September 3, 2009 6:47 AM