Usually, we look to The Gutter [Huh??reader. Oh, just you wait.?ed.] for studied Ourousoff analysis, but blogger Greg Allen reads the tea leaves in the NYT architecture critic's piece today about WTC site chaos:
The Port Authority has apparently threatened some of the architects involved with various aspects of the WTC site redevelopment with breach of their confidentiality agreements if they talk to one other about possible solutions to the growing number of architectural casualties in the master plan. So what's a muzzled starchitect to do? Why, talk to the NY Times architecture critic, of course.· Trouble with a capital T and that rhymes with P [greg.org]
Who then writes a damning criticism on the crumbling folly of the Port Authority's handling of the master plan, the redevelopment, and the memorial. The problem? Imperiousness and "the mix of secrecy, self-interest and paranoia that have enveloped the site from the outset - a climate that favors political expediency and empty symbolic gestures over thoughtful urban planning discussions." Sounds like New York real estate and politics to me.
· Less and Less Certainty at WTC [Archinect]
· At Ground Zero, Disarray Reigns, and an Opportunity Awaits [NYTimes]