> Gehry's stuff is all over LA, since he lives here--there's
> even a Gehry Kentucky Fried Chicken stand on an otherwise
> bleak stretch of Western Ave. His stuff, though it strikes me
> as shallow, fits in well in eclectic LA, and there's nothing
> wrong with a bit of fun in architecture if it's not too
> discordant within its context. Since this site would be
> between the Gehry-designed Disney Hall and the Isozaki (I
> believe) MOCA, and within eyeshot of the various red and blue
> mirrored towers of downtown LA, mild wouldn't work.
=v= There's a plan afoot to put a Gehry-designed basketball
arena in the middle of Brooklyn, New York. (For those of you
who know the area, it's at the intersection of Atlantic and
Flatbush). The intersection already suffers from big box mall
architecture, including a Gehryesque mall, all built by Bruce
Ratner, the very same developer who stands to profit from the
=v= There are lively neighborhoods surrounding the intersection,
but the intersection itself a huge big box dead zone, constantly
jammed with traffic. The new arena would "blend right in," but
that's not a particularly good thing.
=v= What's especially maddening is that this intersection is
a major transit stop, where several subway lines meet at a
Long Island Rail Road terminus. There's a beautiful old subway
entrance/newsstand that's been preserved, but it's only going
to be a showpiece in the middle of the street, because it's now
too dangerous for pedestrians to get to and from!
=v= The arena is being billed as transit-oriented, due to its
proximity to the subway and commuter rail, but gee whiz, they're
adding an indoor parking garage with a few thousand spaces.
(Which means, of course, a few thousand more cars.)
=v= Of course, the blueprints and models don't show that many
cars. But hey, they have lots of pretty mature trees!