Ratner: Architecture “important” but “not that important”

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Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner’s interview with NY1 has prompted speculation about the future of Frank Gehry’s designs for the troubled Brooklyn project. “I want to do great architecture, but I have to say something, which is that, if one is going to boil life down to architecture, then you know what? It’s not for me,” he said. Ratner also defended the shopping centers around the Atlantic Yards site, which aren’t known for their aesthetics. “We need jobs, we need shopping that’s appropriate and the right price and quality goods, we need supermarkets that provide food that is of quality and well-priced, we need housing, and you know what? The architecture is important, but it’s not that important.” 

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