Front Page story from Melissa Harris.
The proposed Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, which has practiced a bunkered omertà for the past nine months as controversy swirls all around it, may be stirring. Harris reports that architect Ma Yansong "remains at work on more detailed drawings, which may include meaningful revisions . . . "
For that sentence to be anything more than an empty PR holding action, what's needed now is not, as Harris proposes, a call from George Lucas to Mike Madigan. That kind of backroom, insider horse trading is what got the museum in trouble in the first place. What's needed is transparency and public engagement.
When a job is at risk, architects can make coherent revisions to their concepts and renderings overnight. After a nine-month disappearing act, the "remains at work" statement fed to Harris sounds less like a
world-class architect than a high school student buying time to finish
an overdue term paper. While Friends of the Parks, Blair Kamin, and various other opponents hell-bent on running Lucas's project out of town remain formidable opponents, at this point, the Lucas Museum remains its own worse enemy.
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