...the New York Times splashed Frank Gehry's latest designs for Atlantic Yards across the front page. Ratner has long been criticized for the cheap, fortress-like architecture of his other Brooklyn projects. Gehry, the celebrity architect renowned for designing buildings that look like crumpled balls of tinfoil, was brought aboard to neutralize that critique and provide the developer with aesthetic cover. Yet, Gehry's designs did what months of petitioning, protesting and public meetings couldn't. They got "sensible, well-heeled, politically connected Brooklynites pissed off, paying attention and preparing to fight. For neighborhood advocates who have been working diligently to get an apathetic public to pay attention to the travesty underway at Atlantic Yards, Gehry's architectural models were a gift. (italics added)
Listen up developers! Want to get people upset? Hire Gehry to do neighborhood design.