Saturday, May 09, 2009

Yes, the Times reviewer notices the gentle treatment of AY in new Gehry book

From Martin Filler's review of Conversations With Frank Gehry, in Sunday's New York Times:
Doubtless eager to remain in her subject’s good graces, [Barbara] Isenberg poses few questions of the confrontational sort that wise interrogators withhold until the end of a session, lest they be shown the door. For example, from her upbeat recapitulation of Gehry’s Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn — a large-scale mixed-use urban redevelopment centered on a professional basketball arena — you’d never know that the scheme has aroused heated opposition from community groups and planning experts, or that its future is imperiled by the current economic crisis.

That's mainly because the interview was conducted in 2005 and, as I wrote, interviewer Isenberg didn't follow up. (Will she do so at Monday's public interview session with Gehry?)

More than two years ago, Filler wrote critically about AY.

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