Our last post (Thursday, September 10, 2009, The Surrounding Light Smears Ratner’s Atlantic Yards Arena.) pointed out that the featured rendering being used showing the new (third) design for entire Atlantic Yards in the context of the neighborhood played some strange tricks with feigned time-lapse photography of supposedly speeding traffic on Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues to both prettify and conceal the arena’s depiction. Our comment got some attention yesterday on Atlantic yards Report (Friday, September 11, 2009, Deceptive rendering: where's Fifth Avenue traffic?) and today we found out that another reader of AYR supplied an “altered--and, likely, more accurate” rendering supplying the traffic that was mystifyingly missing from the original. (See: Saturday, September 12, 2009, So, wouldn't an honest arena rendering show some traffic congestion?) The new rendering is at the top of this post: The original is below.
We cannot be happier that this work was done, but the new rendering didn’t fix everything we think should be corrected about the original image. It kept the phantom vaportecture buildings behind the arena (that are not promised or assured to be built) rather than replacing them with the empty parking lot space the public will likely live with for years/decades. It also kept the rest of the neighborhood in the obliteration of a denying shadow. We decided to make an effort to correct at least these two flaws. See our rendering below.
Other corrections can be made and perhaps somebody else can do a better job than our try here. The lighting of the arena needs to be toned down, both the overly bright interior lights and the ethereal lighting of its skin. Further, the real honest living details of the rest of the actually existing neighborhood need to be supplied.