Tuesday, October 26, 2010

"Everything we work on is on the web;" is that Atlantic Yards? No, it's Governors Island

Is Atlantic Yards a public-private partnership? Or, as I've contended (with Amy Lavine), more of a private-public partnership?

Well, the contrast between public and private projects became more clear during a presentation on Governors Island at the Municipal Art Society's (MAS) Summit for New York City October 21-22.


"Everything we work on is on the web," declared Leslie Koch, president of the city-controlled Trust for Governors Island. Her remarks accompanied the presentation below (also on the web).

And a look at the Trust's web site leads us to the master plan for park and public space, the results of a design competition.

What about AY?

By contrast, the Empire State Development Corporation's Atlantic Yards web pages just offer links (and are stale). Forest City Ratner's Atlantic Yards web site has been down since June 2009, resolving instead to the Barclays Center web site, which is mainly about marketing.

A press release on the Barclays Center web site regarding the new arena plaza plan links to SHoP Architects, where a 48.5 MB download of plans is possible. That's not particularly transparent.

Governors Island Presentation at Municipal Art Society Summit for NYC Oct. 22, 2010

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