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November 4, 2010

Gehry's speaking at Pratt November 10 (on "Architecture and Beauty"); chances of getting in low, but he should field some AY questions

Atlantic Yards Report

Though the Pratt Institute has announced that architect Frank Gehry will speak at the School of Architecture's fall 2010 lecture and events series at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, November 10, don't expect to get in.

Thank goodness. We were afraid we were going to have to listen to the great man's pompous platitudes and another hackneyed story about a "Brooklyn bride."

The event, to be held at Memorial Hall Auditorium is free and open to the public, but priority will be given to Pratt students and faculty members with valid ID at 2:30 p.m. Members of the public will be admitted at 2:50 p.m. should seating be available.

No press access for me

I asked for press access and was told that "we are at capacity for press seating... Please note that we have an extremely limited number of press seats and that seating priority at the event will be given to Pratt students and staff members."

I asked which news outlets had priority, so we know where to look for coverage, and also asked if the event would be taped/webcast.

I didn't get a response.

Questions Brooklyn might have for Gehry

That's too bad, because Brooklyn is the place where Gehry should be asked if he has second thoughts about wanting to "create a neighborhood practically from scratch," about letting Forest City Ratner keep him from meeting with the community, about cracking that Atlantic Yards protesters "should have been picketing Henry Ford," and whether he thinks an outdoor plaza can work at Flatbush and Atlantic avenues.

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Posted by eric at November 4, 2010 10:52 PM