Sunday, June 7, 2009

Ratner cans starchitect

From GlobeSt:

Forest City Ratner Cos. and achitect Frank Gehry’s Gehry Partners released a joint statement Thursday afternoon saying that the architect is off the job at Brooklyn’s Atlantic Yards arena. FCRC said it had retained architectural firm Ellerbe Becket to serve as architect for the Barclays Center Coliseum, intended as the future home for the Nets and the mega-project’s centerpiece.

As recently as last Tuesday, Ellerbe Becket principal Bill Crocket told, "we are working with Forest City Ratner, doing analysis, and as far as when any decision is going to be reached, I can’t tell you." He added that he didn’t think any decisions about timing, or anything else, had been made at that point. But that was Tuesday, and as has been the case at Atlantic Yards, events change almost daily.

Photo by Tracy Collins, via flickr Atlantic Yards Photo Pool.

This video explains a lot:


Anonymous said...

Gehry builds erratic, flawed, very expensive to maintain structures.

I'd never have hired him to build in a temperate climate such as ours to begin with.

But he's got everybody bamboozled into thinking, "Oh...we must have an original Gehry in our city".

Just ask the Massachusetts Institute of Technology about their leaky, waste of space Gehry lemon!

And you'd think they'd have known better!

Anonymous said...

Now somebody can Ratner!