Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Redevelopment Conceptual Designs

Coney Island Redevelopment Brooklyn, New York
Redevelopment of 10-acre site into a mixed-use entertainment complex which will include residential, hotel, retail and a new waterpark. This redevelopment fits into the master plan as developed by the Coney Island Development Corporation.

The current plans (released June 2006 by Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn Architects) are already receiving negative reactions from Coney buffs and denizens. They reject what looks like tired design schemes in the likes of Vegas, Atlantic City, Disney, Times Square, and the MGM Project City Center. . explains Lofetr1 on the Wired New York Forum

For my own experience it's more that I respond to something that seems organic -- that has evolved in bits and pieces to become a whole of interesting and varied aspects. Where I can sense the individual creative energy that was put into a particular ride, game, side-show, sign ...The corporate creations such as Disneyland, Six Flags, Universal Studios, etc. are, in their own way, fun. But give me a ride on the Cyclone anyday -- where the open sky looms above and the ocean reaches out towards infinity. The limitlessness of the surroundings frees the mind to experience the other-ness that is essential to a great roller coaster ride. Enclosing, encircling, or book-ending the Coney Island boardwalk area with high-rise development will diminish the experience and should be avoided. Just move the big new ones back a bit ..
- explains Lofter1 from Wired New York Forum

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