“Frank Gehry was and remains the master planner for the arena and larger project and all of the design specifications that he developed, and which were approved, remain in place. Obviously the world has changed significantly since the project was proposed and we are making every effort to adapt to these changes while meeting the high standards that we set for project. Going forward we anticipate that we will use a number of architects, well known and new, to design the individual buildings as part of Frank’s larger plan. Update | 3:16 p.m. We do not anticipate that Mr. Gehry will be designing any of the individual buildings.”
No more Urban Room
Maybe those specs remain in place, but that doesn't mean they're realistic.
ii. The Urban Room shall include a café or other eating and drinking establishment and shall incorporate an entrance to the Atlantic Yards transit hub as well as provide entrances to Building 1 (other than entrances to residential uses) and the Arena...
In the print Times, "economic climate" blamed
In an article in today's paper, headlined Gehry Is Out as Designer of Project in Brooklyn the Times finds DePlasco conceding that last week's announcement “should’ve been clearer.” The Times even offers some hindsight, recognizing that Gehry last week spoke in the past tense.
The Times not-too-skeptically accepts Forest CIty Ratner's claim that “economic climate” spurred the switch in architects. As I suggested, the simplistic explanation is fishy, given the enormous cost of the replacement arena and the fact that Gehry's design was likely impossible.