Another sure-to-be-circulated article from NYT’s architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff.Â I just got it off the activist listserv this morning.Â Ourossoff talks about the inequities in HUD’s approach to public housing redevelopment so far:
- a refusal to investigate viable alternatives to demolition (with a reference to John Fernandez again.Â Love MIT celebrity!);
- ignoring the input from preservationists and other experts;
- threatening the architectural and urban fabric of the city with cookie-cutter suburban design proposals;
- using design “concerns” as a foil for larger social policy problems.
This article is published as the Congressional hearings kick off today.Â Tours of the public housing developments are underway as I type.Â Difference sources tell me it’s been a mysterious process getting these tours set up, worthy of Deep Throat.Â A call received a half hour before you’re supposed to meet Maxine Waters at Lafitte; times for tours etc. changed at a moment’s notice.Â Etc. etc.Â Stay tuned at the RP for coverage of the hearings as they unfold.