Architects propose ‘alternatives’ to Atlantic Yards construction

June 9, 2014 By Matthew Taub Special to Brooklyn Daily Eagle from Brooklyn Brief
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A gallery exhibit offers five intriguing designs–scaled models and all–as alternatives to the current construction scheme proposed for the Atlantic Yards site.

‘Five Proposals for the Future of the Atlantic Yards’ opened Thursday evening at Warehouse623 in Prospect Heights. The brainchild of architect Thomas Barry, the exhibit features more unconventional plans from five teams of designers.

The alternative schemes are arguably more aesthetically pleasing and inviting to local residents, while maintaining the same amount of housing and retail as the masterplan presented by Forest City Ratner.

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“This is what we wish would be built,” said Matthias Altwicker, one of the architects displaying work in the exhibit. “It’s even what what might be built, if they listen to what local residents are looking for.”

There’s still time, albeit a rapidly closing window. Forest City is expected to close on its joint venture with a Shanghai-based company and lock in development plans within the next few weeks.

“It need not be built the way it’s currently planned,” said Rob Cody, a fellow architect. “Every scheme you see here is its own statement. Instead of just plopping down towers, they demonstrate a more meaningful use of space.”

The exhibit is free and runs until June 22.

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