Wednesday, September 30, 2009

At Saturday's Dreamland Pavilion conference, "Atlantic Yards: The Politics of P.R. "

Some people have asked me about attending the Atlantic Yards panel at the Dreamland Pavilion conference, held at 1:30 pm Saturday at Kingsborough Community College.

While admission to the day-long conference is $25 (plus $5 for on-site registrants), including lunch, I'm told that people who wish to attend a single panel will not be charged.

The Atlantic Yards session will be held in M-146/47, in the MAC Building. Directions here. Campus map here.

The program

Here's the official program listing:
“Who’s Planning Brooklyn? An Alternate Point of View”
Eve Baron, The Municipal Art Society of New York

“The Yards Development Workshop Unity Plan”
Marshall Brown, Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture

“Atlantic Yards: Brooklyn’s Most Controversial Development through the Lens of Public Relations and News Coverage”
Norman Oder, Independent Journalist

“Atlantic Yards and the Cultural Logic of Monopoly Rent”
Stuart Schrader, CUNY Graduate Center

Moderator: Ted Hamm, Brooklyn Rail


Focusing on P.R.

I've amended my presentation. In preparing a 15-minute talk and slideshow, I concluded that the announced topic was overambitious.

Thus I'll be focusing on the advertising and public relations behind the project, including renderings and brochures, as well as selected press and governmental documents. Remember the May 2005 flier at right?

My argument: such p.r. should be scrutinized the way political advertising--at least prominent political advertising--gets fact-checked.

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