Ground Zero has been taken away from the famous architect, even though he had already drafted some preliminary designs. Ouch! On the brighter side, Gehry can console himself by celebrating the opening of his colorful Panama Biomuseo. You win some, you lose some.
A New York Times article on the Ground Zero performance arts center indicated that Gehry's proposals needed revisions. Even president of the center Maggie Boepple—a self-proclaimed Gehry fan—agreed. “So many mistakes are made when genius architects design a building and that comes before the workhorse of the building," she admitted. "It’s not a comment on Gehry as an architect. It’s a different skill set.” Apparently Andy Hayles, the managing partner of Charcoalblue, has that very skill set, as he has now working of the theater’s design.