Archinect - News 2016-09-25T13:30:19-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149969454/gehry-s-modified-eisenhower-memorial-design-accepted-by-eisenhower-family Gehry's modified Eisenhower Memorial design accepted by Eisenhower family Julia Ingalls 2016-09-20T12:54:00-04:00 >2016-09-22T15:35:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pi/piqeag193qrr9x39.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After more than four years of wrangling over&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136351063/frank-gehry-opens-up-about-the-emotional-side-of-his-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry's</a> proposal for the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/45183/eisenhower-memorial" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eisenhower memorial</a>, the Eisenhower family has removed its objections to a modified version of the initial design. Although information about specific design changes and compromises was scant, according to <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-eisenhower-memorial-idUSKCN11P1VD" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reuters</a> the controversial steel "tapestries" will remain in some form on the family-approved version, even though Justin Shubow, president of the National Civic Art Society, referred to them as invoking the problematic imagery of an "iron curtain."&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wa/waykvlqa3weatxe4.jpg"></p><p>For more on the fraught history of the Eisenhower Memorial:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131502328/gehry-s-modified-eisenhower-memorial-design-gets-green-light-from-national-capital-planning-commission" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry's modified Eisenhower Memorial design gets green light from National Capital Planning Commission</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125286004/chairman-of-eisenhower-memorial-commission-to-step-down" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chairman of Eisenhower Memorial Commission to step down</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110427299/eisenhower-memorial-clears-key-hurdle-on-gehry-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eisenhower Memorial clears key hurdle on Gehry design</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149966972/to-ignore-this-is-to-ignore-one-of-the-great-resources-of-the-region-frank-gehry-on-the-la-river-revitalization-project “To ignore this is to ignore one of the great resources of the region": Frank Gehry on the LA River Revitalization project Nicholas Korody 2016-09-06T14:00:00-04:00 >2016-09-13T00:20:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0j/0jd2h86am4l2kgld.jpg" width="514" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>River LA, formerly the Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation, has posted a video interview with Frank Gehry about his work on the LA River revitalization project. The nonprofit organization works to build public support for the project.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;I think when I started it I had trepidation,&rdquo; Gehry begins. &ldquo;I had the feeling that it was more major than I was thinking of it.&rdquo;</p><p>He goes on the explain that &ldquo;the river is a complicated organism&rdquo;, and therefore the project has mainly comprised in-depth research up to this point.&nbsp;&ldquo;Like any design problem I had to really study it,&rdquo; he states.</p><p>According to Gehry, a quarter of Californians live within 30 miles of the river, which underscores both its importance and potential.&nbsp;&ldquo;To ignore this is to ignore one of the great resources of the region,&rdquo; he states.</p><p>The appointment of Gehry as the lead architect of the LA river revitalization has been <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139820567/does-frank-gehry-or-his-firm-have-what-it-takes-to-save-the-la-river" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">controversial</a>. Long-time advocates for the project have expressed feeling left out of the decision, which so...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149961508/will-gehry-s-l-a-river-plan-result-in-water-savings Will Gehry's L.A. River plan result in water savings? Julia Ingalls 2016-08-04T12:53:00-04:00 >2016-08-10T00:36:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/22/22dfoktflj18fcu6.jpg" width="514" height="218" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For decades, the concrete-lined L.A. River has been more famous for being a bone-dry iconic conduit for films like <em>Terminator 2</em> than a major watery artery, but that may change: in a talk with Christopher Hawthorne on Monday, Frank Gehry mentioned that his design may just save the city significant amounts of cash when it comes to buying water. Per the <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/frank-gehry-calls-la-river-916397" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hollywood Reporter</a>:</p><p><em>The river, which was bound in concrete beginning in the late 1930s after a series of damaging floods, is also frequently blamed for wasting water, one of Los Angeles&rsquo; most embattled resources. Because the river&rsquo;s concrete binding was designed to channel floodwaters swiftly into the ocean and away from properties on the banks, the city now loses more than 28.6 billion gallons of water a year, according to River L.A.,&nbsp;a nonprofit working with Gehry&rsquo;s firm and funded in part by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.</em></p><p><em>&ldquo;We think we can save the city one-third of what it now pays for imported water,&rdquo; Gehry said in conversati...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149960952/frank-gehry-s-sunset-strip-mixed-user-approved-by-la-city-planning-commission-with-15-affordable-units Frank Gehry's Sunset Strip mixed-user approved by LA City Planning Commission, with 15% affordable units Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-01T18:11:00-04:00 >2016-08-09T01:01:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/be/be56493f5252502996359fe64718c8bd.jpg" width="514" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[John Irwin, one of the project's developers, noted:] "This is the right direction for development in L.A., embracing both the benefits of good planning&mdash;as well as a commitment to providing affordable housing at varying income levels, which we have agreed to increase&rdquo; [...] Ryu&rsquo;s Chief of Staff Sarah Dusseault argued before the commissioners that setting such a low bar for affordable housing would set a bad precedent as the city is in the midst of an affordable housing crisis.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More Frank on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Frank Gehry's renderings for L.A.'s Sunset Strip revealed" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135191070/frank-gehry-s-renderings-for-l-a-s-sunset-strip-revealed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry's renderings for L.A.'s Sunset Strip revealed</a></li><li><a title="What's happening with Frank Gehry's masterplan for the LA River?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149952791/what-s-happening-with-frank-gehry-s-masterplan-for-the-la-river" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What's happening with Frank Gehry's masterplan for the LA River?</a></li><li><a title="Artist Daniel Buren spruces up Gehry's Fondation Louis Vuitton with colorful intervention" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945240/artist-daniel-buren-spruces-up-gehry-s-fondation-louis-vuitton-with-colorful-intervention" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Artist Daniel Buren spruces up Gehry's Fondation Louis Vuitton with colorful intervention</a></li><li><a title="Los Angeles River revitalization: prosperity for all or just a chosen few?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934555/los-angeles-river-revitalization-prosperity-for-all-or-just-a-chosen-few" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles River revitalization: prosperity for all or just a chosen few?</a></li><li><a title='Frank Gehry designs his first yacht, "Foggy"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138490690/frank-gehry-designs-his-first-yacht-foggy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry designs his first yacht, "Foggy"</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149952791/what-s-happening-with-frank-gehry-s-masterplan-for-the-la-river What's happening with Frank Gehry's masterplan for the LA River? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-20T17:44:00-04:00 >2016-06-26T14:58:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vb/vbpfbl0af2trrvei.jpg" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>River LA is less interested in giving a clear picture of what Gehry&rsquo;s plan eventually may include than in tamping down charges that it has been born of secrecy &mdash; and worries that it may operate as a Trojan horse, a kind of high-design architectural cover, for rampant real-estate speculation [...] A central goal of this master plan... will be to strike an effective balance between maintaining flood-control measures while opening up the river to new kinds of public access.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The two designers from Gehry's office leading research on the River's masterplan, Tensho Takemori and Anand Devarajan, emphasize that the approach now is about learning, not designing:&nbsp;&ldquo;This is just meant to be information,&rdquo; said Takemori. &ldquo;There&rsquo;s no designs, no proposals or anything like that.&rdquo;&nbsp;Devarajan adds, &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve tried to take an inform-ourselves approach before we make any decisions about what&rsquo;s right and what&rsquo;s wrong.&rdquo;</p><p>While nothing close to an official proposal has yet been discussed by River LA (formerly known as&nbsp;Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation), Christopher Hawthorne does interpret information from their <a href="http://www.riverla.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a> as hints about what might lie in store for the River:</p><p><em>One section, &ldquo;Water Recharge,&rdquo; suggests that by redesigning the river to capture more storm water &mdash; directing it to aquifers rather than allowing it to flow via the river out to sea &mdash; the region could decrease its reliance on water imported from other parts of California and the Western U.S. by as mu...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945240/artist-daniel-buren-spruces-up-gehry-s-fondation-louis-vuitton-with-colorful-intervention Artist Daniel Buren spruces up Gehry's Fondation Louis Vuitton with colorful intervention Justine Testado 2016-05-13T20:18:00-04:00 >2016-05-15T21:58:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k1/k12hcbkkjb2vzeh8.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Thanks to in situ artist Daniel Buren, the white glassy curved sails of the Gehry-designed Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris have received a generous splash of vibrant color &mdash; or 13 colors, to be exact...Developed in collaboration with Frank Gehry, Buren's temporary piece, titled &ldquo;The Observatory of Light&ldquo;, made its official debut this past Wednesday. It took 29 nights over a period of five weeks to apply the dyed filters and white 8.7 cm-wide strips throughout the building's 3,528 glass panes.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9r/9rlc36t1oakkztpr.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jd/jd5f97e76c1dxa1c.jpg"><br><br>Read more about Buren's intervention <a href="http://bustler.net/news/4880/a-closer-look-at-daniel-buren-s-colorful-intervention-at-the-fondation-louis-vuitton" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943493/silicon-valley-campuses-at-risk-as-sea-levels-rise Silicon Valley campuses at risk as sea levels rise Nicholas Korody 2016-05-03T14:29:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:37:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hu/hu65zz2uv3cm1ijz.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sea level forecasts by a coalition of scientists show that the Silicon Valley bases for Facebook, Google and Cisco are at risk of being cut off or even flooded, even under optimistic scenarios where rapid cuts in greenhouse gas emissions avoid the most severe sea level increases. Without significant adaptation, Facebook&rsquo;s new campus appears most at risk.</p></em><br /><br /><p>San Francisco to mandate solar panels for new constructionsWhile the Frank Gehry-designed campus was elevated to prevent flooding, even a 1.6 ft rise &ndash; on the low end of predictions &ndash; will "inundate" the campus. Google is a little better off but will also be swamped if the Antarctic ice sheet starts breaking up, as <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/mar/30/sea-levels-set-to-rise-far-more-rapidly-than-expected" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">evidence</a> suggests may happen imminently.</p><p>For more news on rising tides in the Bay Area:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146267509/king-tides-give-a-glimpse-of-what-the-near-future-s-rising-seas-will-look-like" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"King tides" give a glimpse of what the (near) future's rising seas will look like</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141300588/can-silicon-valley-save-the-bay-area" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can Silicon Valley save the Bay Area?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941589/san-francisco-to-mandate-solar-panels-for-new-constructions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Francisco to mandate solar panels for new constructions</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146886678/cliff-side-apartments-on-the-brink-of-collapse-following-el-ni-o-storms-in-california" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cliff-side apartments on the brink of collapse following El Ni&ntilde;o storms in California</a></li></ul><p><em>This month, Archinect's news and editorial are organized around a special theme &ndash; <strong><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/741197/may-help" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Help</a></strong> &ndash; with focused coverage on social and humanitarian issues affecting the built environment with an eye towards ways architects can mobilize and enact positive change.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>Have related projects of your own? Submit to our <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942369/open-call-for-submissions-help" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">open call</a> before Sunday, May ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149937511/we-just-loved-her-frank-gehry-remembers-zaha-hadid “We just loved her”: Frank Gehry remembers Zaha Hadid Nicholas Korody 2016-03-31T18:37:00-04:00 >2016-04-02T22:27:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fd/fdw982slnkgk97d2.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When news broke on Thursday morning that architect Zaha Hadid had died, she was quickly mourned by a trio of her peers: Frank Gehry and Joseph Giovannini sat together over breakfast and called Robert A.M. Stern to have a group cry. &ldquo;We just loved her,&rdquo; Gehry tells TIME. &ldquo;We&rsquo;d just seen her a few weeks ago at Yale,&rdquo; where he and Hadid were teaching concurrent studios. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s one of the things we do&mdash;we time them so we&rsquo;re all together at Yale at the same time so we can sort of hang out.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/64/643vvccl80ek30vy.jpg"></p><p>In a touching piece, TIME records Frank Gehry's reactions to the death of Zaha Hadid, a close personal friend and colleague.</p><p>Gehry helped Hadid obtain her first major commission, the Vitra Fire Station in Germany.&nbsp;&ldquo;She did an extraordinary job with it,&rdquo; Gehry recalls. &ldquo;Everybody was impressed, and she took off.&rdquo;</p><p>Among the other quotable moments in the article, Gehry notes that "she was one of the guys," before correcting himself:&nbsp;&ldquo;[That&rsquo;s] sexist in its own way I suppose. I don&rsquo;t mean it that way ... She was undaunted by all the stuff that would be against a woman coming into a field at that level. She didn&rsquo;t pay attention to it &hellip; She was very confident."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t3/t3ryay6corqfmxqb.jpg"></p><p>More on the untimely passing of Zaha Hadid:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143604711/zaha-hadid-lecture-at-sci-arc-circa-1985-beams-out-talent-strength-commanding-conviction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid lecture at SCI-Arc, circa 1985, "beams out talent, strength, commanding conviction"</a></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937464/the-remarkable-early-paintings-of-the-late-dame-zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The remarkable early paintings of the late Dame Zaha Hadid</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937455/the-architecture-community-reacts-to-dame-hadid-s-death-on-social-media" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The architecture community reacts to Dame Hadid's death on social media</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937465/zaha-on-zaha-i-always-thought-you-know-i-should-do-well-because-the-work-is-good" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha on Zaha: "I always thought, you know, I should do well because th...</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149934555/los-angeles-river-revitalization-prosperity-for-all-or-just-a-chosen-few Los Angeles River revitalization: prosperity for all or just a chosen few? Alexander Walter 2016-03-14T14:50:00-04:00 >2016-08-24T13:47:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fi/fisdg1gmdl8cd9so.jpg" width="514" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&#65279;&ldquo;If we do it right,&rdquo; Gehry said at an event in September, &ldquo;we can really make the High Line look like a little pishy thing.&rdquo; Given that Manhattan&rsquo;s elevated park, at merely 1/35th the length of the river, has helped transform the surrounding neighborhood into a playground for the rich, residents of LA&rsquo;s river-adjacent communities are right to be concerned.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The LA River development project previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149429632/mayor-eric-garcetti-on-frank-gehry-s-plans-for-the-la-river-a-cooperative-collaborative-regional-approach" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mayor Eric Garcetti on Frank Gehry's plans for the LA River: "a cooperative, collaborative, regional approach"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139820567/does-frank-gehry-or-his-firm-have-what-it-takes-to-save-the-la-river" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Does Frank Gehry &ndash; or his firm &ndash; have what it takes to save the LA River?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133738813/gehry-enlisted-to-masterplan-la-river-redevelopment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry enlisted to masterplan LA River redevelopment</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126287085/will-los-angeles-be-seeing-more-housing-development-along-its-la-river" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Los Angeles be seeing more housing development along its LA River?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149501910/frank-gehry-wins-2016-annenberg-award-from-the-foundation-for-art-and-preservation-in-embassies Frank Gehry wins 2016 Annenberg Award from the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-03-03T12:25:00-05:00 >2016-03-16T00:10:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rn/rnfslfx7zkkf742u.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;It is a great honor to receive the 2016 Annenberg Award from FAPE, an organization that believes that art and design can foster a deeper appreciation of all cultures. This is a principle that is central to my work as well, so it is wonderful to be included in FAPE&rsquo;s legacy of cultural diplomacy through art. Art and architecture work in concert, and are vital to sparking creativity, enhancing understanding, and creating a dialogue.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The eight-year-old award was created by the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies, "to honor distinguished Americans who have demonstrated a commitment to the arts, and who exhibit long-term excellence and innovation in the exchange of creativity and ideas that represent the rich and diverse culture of the United States." So far, those deemed worthy of such a description have included I.M. Pei, Alice Walton (the Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. heiress and founder of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, designed by Moshe Safdie), cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.</p><p>More Gehry-news:</p><ul><li><a title="Frank Gehry's unsolicited plan for Beverly Hills mixed-use campus awaits city council agreement" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149433656/frank-gehry-s-unsolicited-plan-for-beverly-hills-mixed-use-campus-awaits-city-council-agreement" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry's unsolicited plan for Beverly Hills mixed-use campus awaits city council agreement</a></li><li><a title="Frank Gehry is the first architect to be awarded the Harvard Arts Medal" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147427889/frank-gehry-is-the-first-architect-to-be-awarded-the-harvard-arts-medal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry is the first architect to be awarded the Harvard Arts Medal</a></li><li><a title="Does Frank Gehry &ndash;&nbsp;or his firm &ndash; have what it takes to save the LA River?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139820567/does-frank-gehry-or-his-firm-have-what-it-takes-to-save-the-la-river" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Does Frank Gehry &ndash;&nbsp;or his firm &ndash; have what it takes to save the LA River?</a></li><li><a title='Frank Gehry designs his first yacht, "Foggy"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138490690/frank-gehry-designs-his-first-yacht-foggy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry designs his first yacht, "Foggy"</a></li><li><a title="Archinect's critical round-up of LACMA's Frank Gehry exhibition" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137417429/archinect-s-critical-round-up-of-lacma-s-frank-gehry-exhibition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's critical round-up of LACMA's Frank Gehry exhibition</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149433656/frank-gehry-s-unsolicited-plan-for-beverly-hills-mixed-use-campus-awaits-city-council-agreement Frank Gehry's unsolicited plan for Beverly Hills mixed-use campus awaits city council agreement Justine Testado 2016-03-02T15:11:00-05:00 >2016-03-03T14:33:12-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3d/3dmhmiw7rq5c6yy2.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Earlier this month, developer Townscape Partners and Gehry Partners presented an unsolicited plan to the Beverly Hills City Council to build a huge mixed-use campus that would include hip office space, a five-star hotel, retail, and a three-acre public park on about seven acres of land...the council is expected to approve an agreement at their meeting tonight that should help this unexpected and enormous project take a big step forward.</p></em><br /><br /><p>You can find the full project staff report <a href="http://beverlyhills.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=2&amp;clip_id=4712&amp;meta_id=283670" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>More recent news about Frank Gehry:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149429632/mayor-eric-garcetti-on-frank-gehry-s-plans-for-the-la-river-a-cooperative-collaborative-regional-approach" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mayor Eric Garcetti on Frank Gehry's plans for the LA River: "a cooperative, collaborative, regional approach"</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147427889/frank-gehry-is-the-first-architect-to-be-awarded-the-harvard-arts-medal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry is the first architect to be awarded the Harvard Arts Medal</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147370852/frank-gehry-and-maya-lin-find-their-ancestral-roots-on-pbs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry and Maya Lin find their ancestral roots on PBS</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147117709/selling-cuba-gehry-s-already-there" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Selling Cuba (Gehry's already there)</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149429632/mayor-eric-garcetti-on-frank-gehry-s-plans-for-the-la-river-a-cooperative-collaborative-regional-approach Mayor Eric Garcetti on Frank Gehry's plans for the LA River: "a cooperative, collaborative, regional approach" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-03-02T13:59:00-05:00 >2016-03-16T00:07:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gf/gfqkjdhx3zbikdp0.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When we finally see this river restored to its natural beauty, it&rsquo;ll be thanks to the work of thousands of people over decades. The work that Frank Gehry is doing builds upon this&mdash;looking at how we can stitch together these 88 cities of LA County, including the 15 different jurisdictions along the river&rsquo;s 51 miles&mdash;some of the most diverse and interesting communities that we&rsquo;ve ever known. [...] people have put aside their differences and said: This is an opportunity to move forward.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Get caught up with more news on Gehry's ongoing redevelopment strategy for the LA River:</p><ul><li><a title="A closer look at reasons why the Los Angeles River revitalization is taking so long" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142515403/a-closer-look-at-reasons-why-the-los-angeles-river-revitalization-is-taking-so-long" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A closer look at reasons why the Los Angeles River revitalization is taking so long</a></li><li><a title="Does Frank Gehry &ndash;&nbsp;or his firm &ndash; have what it takes to save the LA River?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139820567/does-frank-gehry-or-his-firm-have-what-it-takes-to-save-the-la-river" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Does Frank Gehry &ndash;&nbsp;or his firm &ndash; have what it takes to save the LA River?</a></li><li><a title='"They should grow up": Frank Gehry to critics of his involvement with the L.A. River' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137338693/they-should-grow-up-frank-gehry-to-critics-of-his-involvement-with-the-l-a-river" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"They should grow up": Frank Gehry to critics of his involvement with the L.A. River</a></li><li><a title="Gehry to prioritize hydrology in LA River revitalization strategy" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133963543/gehry-to-prioritize-hydrology-in-la-river-revitalization-strategy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry to prioritize hydrology in LA River revitalization strategy</a></li><li><a title="Gehry enlisted to masterplan LA River redevelopment" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133738813/gehry-enlisted-to-masterplan-la-river-redevelopment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry enlisted to masterplan LA River redevelopment</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/147903395/take-a-look-at-6-an-experimental-documentary-that-memorializes-the-recently-demolished-sixth-street-viaduct-in-la Take a look at "6," an experimental documentary that memorializes the recently-demolished Sixth Street Viaduct in LA Nicholas Korody 2016-02-11T18:35:00-05:00 >2016-08-01T19:07:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/th/thimo3wclm7eq0ig.jpg" width="514" height="217" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>These days, it&rsquo;s hard to think clearly about the Los Angeles River. Once the lifeline of the city and, before that, the Tongva people, the river was paved in the early 20th century following a series of devastating floods and then &ndash; at least according to a well-worn narrative &ndash; forgotten by the public.</p><p>After years of potamic amnesia, or so the story goes, Los Angeles suddenly remembered its river, finding in the thin stream a possible answer to both its growing thirst and perpetual identity crises. Now, nobody seems to talk about much else besides &ldquo;our forgotten river&rdquo;. In a sense, the LA River is the ecological inverse of Kim Kardashian: famous for being not-famous.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tr/trdlnqkrfntm9h6m.jpg"></p><p>Of course, endless editorializing belies this apparent obscurity. It wasn&rsquo;t just <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133963543/gehry-to-prioritize-hydrology-in-la-river-revitalization-strategy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry&rsquo;s arrival</a> that heralded the return of the LA River to public attention, or the concatenation of activists and designers that <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137338693/they-should-grow-up-frank-gehry-to-critics-of-his-involvement-with-the-l-a-river" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">preceded him</a>. In a way, it had never really been forgotten at all. After all, the river has appeared in H...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/147427889/frank-gehry-is-the-first-architect-to-be-awarded-the-harvard-arts-medal Frank Gehry is the first architect to be awarded the Harvard Arts Medal Alexander Walter 2016-02-05T14:42:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T21:23:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q1/q1e18uht33fv8au7.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architect Frank Gehry has been named the recipient of the 2016 Harvard Arts Medal, which will be awarded by Harvard University President&nbsp;Drew Gilpin Faust&nbsp;at a ceremony on&nbsp;Thursday, April 28. The ceremony, presented by the Office for the Arts at Harvard and the Board of Overseers of Harvard College, will include a discussion with Gehry moderated by actor&nbsp;John Lithgow, who is host of the event. This marks the first time that the Harvard Arts Medal has been awarded to an architect.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related FOG stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147370852/frank-gehry-and-maya-lin-find-their-ancestral-roots-on-pbs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry and Maya Lin find their ancestral roots on PBS</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139820567/does-frank-gehry-or-his-firm-have-what-it-takes-to-save-the-la-river" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Does Frank Gehry &ndash; or his firm &ndash; have what it takes to save the LA River?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137417429/archinect-s-critical-round-up-of-lacma-s-frank-gehry-exhibition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's critical round-up of LACMA's Frank Gehry exhibition</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/147370852/frank-gehry-and-maya-lin-find-their-ancestral-roots-on-pbs Frank Gehry and Maya Lin find their ancestral roots on PBS Julia Ingalls 2016-02-05T12:04:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T21:16:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hz/hz5j86oepjoorqxj.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/gehry" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/82907/maya-lin-studio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Maya Lin</a> join the ranks of those who have explored the history of their ancestors via the <a href="http://www.pbs.org/video/2365657957/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PBS show "Finding Your Roots."</a> The show, which is in its third season, has attracted a passionate live-tweeting audience, <a href="https://twitter.com/maryannaking/status/694690333146243074" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">one of whom</a>&nbsp;wryly noted that "I did not know that Maya Lin's teacher gave her a B on her design for the Vietnam war memorial." In the preview clip below, Gehry grapples with the reality of the holocaust during WWII, both in his own family and for humanity at large:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/147117709/selling-cuba-gehry-s-already-there Selling Cuba (Gehry's already there) Alexander Walter 2016-02-01T14:16:00-05:00 >2016-02-02T20:21:14-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cm/cm7w9p815czoq872.jpg" width="514" height="770" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;I give it two years, max [...] It will be US business interests that finally push congress into lifting the embargo &ndash; they&rsquo;re all going crazy being shut out of this market.&rdquo; American architects and developers are already queuing up to be first in line, ready to pounce on investment opportunities when the embargo drops. Frank Gehry sailed into Havana in December, aboard a streamlined yacht he designed for himself, here to &ldquo;offer his expertise to Cuba&rdquo; according to a government statement.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;You know that Cuba is at the centre of attention of many people,&rdquo; Gehry told the gathered crowd. &ldquo;And in the immediate future it will attract many investors &ndash; particularly the tourism sector. But I am sure that you know to be careful with those projects.&rdquo;</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124359173/airbnb-now-open-for-business-in-cuba-despite-anemic-internet-access" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb now open for business in Cuba, despite anemic internet access</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126711733/take-a-virtual-tour-of-havana-s-modern-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a virtual tour of Havana's modern architecture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106016921/cuba-in-talks-for-cultural-exchange-with-us-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cuba in talks for cultural exchange with US museum</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/139820567/does-frank-gehry-or-his-firm-have-what-it-takes-to-save-the-la-river Does Frank Gehry – or his firm – have what it takes to save the LA River? Nicholas Korody 2015-10-26T18:06:00-04:00 >2015-10-31T17:20:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/td/tdyr4ldxnoesdo64.jpg" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Mayor Garcetti announced Gehry&rsquo;s appointment, he declared him to be the &ldquo;Olmsted of our time,&rdquo; referring to godfather of landscape design, Frederick Law Olmsted, creator of New York City&rsquo;s Central Park. He is nothing of the sort. As Gehry himself admitted: &ldquo;I told them I&rsquo;m not a landscape guy.&rdquo; What he might prove to be is the funding-friendly, catch-all solution to pulling the river&rsquo;s statutory partners together to make something happen.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"If he can suppress his expensively eye-catching cliches and channel the spirit of his early work &ndash; when he was a rough-and-ready bricoleur of everyday LA, a magician of chain-link fencing and corrugated sheeting &ndash; he might well be the man for the job. Like the rest of this chaotic infrastructure-riven mess of a city, the LA river&rsquo;s character as a seductive, abrasive edgeland must be celebrated for what it is."<br><br><strong>Related coverage:</strong></p><ul><li>"<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137338693/they-should-grow-up-frank-gehry-to-critics-of-his-involvement-with-the-l-a-river" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">They should grow up": Frank Gehry to critics of his involvement with the L.A. River</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135055228/how-is-water-used-in-california" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How is water used in California?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134747785/what-if-the-california-drought-continues" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What if the California drought continues?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133963543/gehry-to-prioritize-hydrology-in-la-river-revitalization-strategy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry to prioritize hydrology in LA River revitalization strategy</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133738813/gehry-enlisted-to-masterplan-la-river-redevelopment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry enlisted to masterplan LA River redevelopment</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/138490690/frank-gehry-designs-his-first-yacht-foggy Frank Gehry designs his first yacht, "Foggy" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-08T13:15:00-04:00 >2015-10-23T23:17:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4b/4b1508a7e0ea33e6df040df8c49a9169.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Fashioned out of traditional larch wood but accented with titanium and a glass latticework that glimmers like a school of fish, she looked schizophrenic, a hybrid of past and future. [...] Gehry is an avid yachtsman, and sailing informs much of his most famous work&mdash;think of the billowing motif of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, New York's IAC building, and, most recently, the Louis Vuitton Foundation [...] "On a boat like this, it's about romance and romantic encounters," the architect says.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It took him nearly 87 years, but Frank Gehry has finally designed his first yacht, for developer Richard Cohen &ndash; joining the ranks of <a href="https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0CB0QFjAAahUKEwjfsY_TrrPIAhWNNYgKHQnXDGY&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Farchinect.com%2Fnews%2Farticle%2F84210724%2Fzaha-hadid-designs-superyachts-for-blohm-voss&amp;usg=AFQjCNFnq44NcMkyoSmEBRAxQA8Y4kS3BA&amp;sig2=UDxLx44xsS6FkOBgtxUNtA&amp;bvm=bv.104615367,d.cGU" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid</a>, <a href="https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0CB0QFjAAahUKEwjKwK_arrPIAhVLMogKHbeOBhI&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Farchinect.com%2Fnews%2Farticle%2F55770%2Ffoster-yachts-yachtplus&amp;usg=AFQjCNExDuVHrYqYBfro_R36yg3miY6IUA&amp;sig2=JDDCurEL0yRt9OeF5uXp0Q" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norman Foster</a>, Renzo Piano and John Pawson who have all taken a stab at nautical design.&nbsp;Gehry's personal sailboat, a Beneteau First 44.7 named&nbsp;"Foggy 1", resides in Marina del Rey.</p><p>Check out more shots of the boat and its interior in the image gallery.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/137878196/paul-goldberger-cements-frank-gehry-s-narrative-at-the-getty-center Paul Goldberger cements Frank Gehry's narrative at The Getty Center Julia Ingalls 2015-09-30T14:24:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T01:11:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5b/5bfrgjn55zc2pzi7.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In a lecture hall that sat a third empty due to the eclipsed "super blood moon" transpiring outside, Paul Goldberger discussed his new biography of Frank Gehry, "Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry" with J. Paul Getty Trust C.E.O.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127723149/frank-gehry-awarded-getty-medal-for-changing-the-course-of-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">James Cuno at The Getty Center</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/90/90syd7ob1f3dpzhu.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/127534748/stop-the-presses-paul-goldberger-s-take-on-critical-relevance-in-the-social-media-age" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Goldberger</a> spent the first part of the evening recounting of the well-known narrative of Gehry's life: a Canadian Jewish working-class boy, Gehry moved from chilly Toronto with his ailing father to the warmer climes of Los Angeles, eventually becoming the city's, if not the world's, most iconic architect.&nbsp;After&nbsp;paying the bills in his early adulthood by driving trucks, Gehry enrolled at <a href="http://archinect.com/uscarchitecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">USC</a> and then on to <a href="http://archinect.com/harvard" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvard</a>, where he completed his studies in architecture. He went on to work for a variety of architects including Victor Gruen, and on projects including 1961's so-called "futuristic building" at <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124903820/lax-s-new-tom-bradley-terminal-receives-leed-gold-standard" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LAX</a> (although, Goldberger was careful to note, in a purely junior capacity). Goldberger framed Gehry's existence not o...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/137762484/editor-s-picks-430 Editor's Picks #430 Nam Henderson 2015-09-29T13:21:00-04:00 >2015-10-03T17:20:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sw/sw8gkqsithibvdy1.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/AmeliaTH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>,&nbsp;Editorial Manager for Archinect, reviewed "<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/135460042/finding-shelter-in-los-angeles-housing-chaos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shelter</a>" the debut exhibition at the <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/315476/a-d-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture and Design Museum</a>&rsquo;s new location in Los Angeles' Arts District.&nbsp;Despite what you might assume&nbsp;</p><p>"<em>Shelter isn&rsquo;t about designing for the 21st century family, or the millenial, or the homeless, in Los Angeles &ndash; it&rsquo;s about forming new expectations of how housing and the city should interact...housing imagined in Shelter is about merging L.A.&rsquo;s residential spaces with its civic topography, forming a less privatized residential existence in the city</em>".</p><p>The winners of Archinect's Dry Futures competition were selected. In the "Speculative" category "Grassroots Cactivism" by Ali Chen took <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/136742264/and-the-winners-of-archinect-s-dry-futures-competition-speculative-category-are" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">first place</a>. While "Liquifying Aquifers by Lujac Desautel <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/136743068/and-the-winners-of-archinect-s-dry-futures-competition-pragmatic-category-are" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">won first place</a> in the "Pragmatic" category.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/15884683/deane-madsen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deane Madsen</a>&nbsp;was impressed "<em>A timely and relevant competition with thoughtful responses. Well done, all around!</em>"<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137359601/zaha-hadid-announced-as-winner-of-2016-royal-gold-medal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dame Zaha Hadid was announced as winner of 2016 Royal Gold Medal</a>. Sir&nbsp;Peter C...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/137417429/archinect-s-critical-round-up-of-lacma-s-frank-gehry-exhibition Archinect's critical round-up of LACMA's Frank Gehry exhibition Julia Ingalls 2015-09-24T15:04:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:11:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hs/hs536c8iotvf15md.jpg" width="514" height="309" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134507579/sunshine-and-noir-peter-zumthor-s-new-los-angeles-county-museum-of-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LACMA</a>'s retrospective of <a href="http://archinect.com/gehry" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a>&nbsp;is based off a previous show organized last year at the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113035783/centre-pompidou-to-open-design-and-architecture-gallery" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Centre Pompidou</a>, Mus&eacute;e National d&rsquo;Art Moderne, its Los Angeles locale (plus an additional gallery not present at the Paris show) provides a different context. Some critics took a fawning approach to the show; others looked at the work in the context of Gehry's recent undertaking of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133963543/gehry-to-prioritize-hydrology-in-la-river-revitalization-strategy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the redevelopment of the Los Angeles River</a>, and his history in Los Angeles generally.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/50/50mcequbxloaja1u.jpg"></p><p>KCRW's resident art critic <a href="http://www.kcrw.com/news-culture/shows/art-talk/gehrys-magic-at-lacma-barneys-fantasy-at-moca" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Edward Goldman</a> said that "LACMA, with its unique history of collaboration with Frank Gehry as a designer for a number of the museum's high profile exhibitions, was able not only to deliver a thoroughly researched lecture, but also succeeded to bring us, visitors, inside his studio and even inside his mind." Goldman, who marveled at how lovely it would be to travel to Minneapolis to see the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136351063/frank-gehry-opens-up-about-the-emotional-side-of-his-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frederick R. Weisman Museum</a>, gushed that "it's simply amazing how prolific and unstoppable Gehry has been ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/137338693/they-should-grow-up-frank-gehry-to-critics-of-his-involvement-with-the-l-a-river "They should grow up": Frank Gehry to critics of his involvement with the L.A. River Julia Ingalls 2015-09-23T14:18:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:40:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y6/y6ttdaf7208gf6z2.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mia Lehrer, a Los Angeles landscape architect who helped prepare a master plan for the river in 2007, said Mr. Gehry&rsquo;s involvement had distressed people wary of top-down directives, and raised fears that he would derail the plan by the Army Corps of Engineers just as it was gaining momentum. Still, she said Mr. Gehry was welcome to join the fray. &ldquo;He&rsquo;s a creative dude,&rdquo; Ms. Lehrer said. &ldquo;So the answer is, &lsquo;Why not?&rsquo;&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Perhaps to escape the local ire which his involvement with the L.A. River redevelopment has drawn, <a href="http://archinect.com/gehry" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a> talked to The New York Times about his hopes for the project and for his relationship with the community. "I&rsquo;m doing something that&rsquo;s going to be good and trying to be inclusive, and they are trying to cut me up before I even get out of the gate. That&rsquo;s not nice. I don&rsquo;t want to create a fight with them, but they should grow up," he said.</p><p>For more on Gehry's involvement with the L.A. River, do read:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133963543/gehry-to-prioritize-hydrology-in-la-river-revitalization-strategy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry to prioritize hydrology in LA River revitalization strategy</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133738813/gehry-enlisted-to-masterplan-la-river-redevelopment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry enlisted to masterplan LA River redevelopment</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/136804919/archinect-s-round-up-of-the-week-s-architectural-critiques Archinect's round-up of the week's architectural critiques Julia Ingalls 2015-09-16T13:36:00-04:00 >2015-09-16T13:41:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3f/3far9wlsrmx5er97.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What is the role of creative exploration in architecture? From the <a href="http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-ca-jc-paul-goldberger-20150913-column.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A. Times</a> to <a href="http://www.newrepublic.com/article/122812/how-make-architecture-human" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New Republic</a>, this question is very much on critical minds. In a piece entitled "How to Make Architecture Human," Anna Wiener reviews <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/444726/witold-rybczynski" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Witold Rybczynski</a>'s latest collection of essays, <em>Mysteries of the Mall</em>, which sets out to explore the "mundane" locales of architecture and quickly proclaims a distaste for the avant-garde in favor of lasting value.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b2/b24i8zuag86bh5b0.jpg"></p><p>Wiener notes that "Rybczynski is right to call out architects who submit designs for cities they have little relationship to, but work that favors experimentation&mdash;in aesthetics, in use, in design process&mdash;occupies a valuable space in the culture, too. 'Lasting value' is subjective and arbitrary; it serves a culture well to explore its desires and curiosities, however eccentric, and expand beyond the mainstream comfort-zone." Her review delves further into the problems of outdated and out of touch criticism: many of the essays contained in the book were origi...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/136670734/frank-gehry-designed-children-s-center-planned-for-watts-neighborhood-in-l-a Frank Gehry-designed children's center planned for Watts neighborhood in L.A. Justine Testado 2015-09-14T19:48:00-04:00 >2016-04-23T17:54:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lq/lqbf1y8wt3qox94n.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Frank Gehry, whose firm provided the work free of charge, spelled out his vision for a piece of property that extends nearly two blocks. The two-story structures will fit the neighborhood... offering a scale and a 'body language' that is residential in nature...[The] Children's Institute project is one of several signs that new services and amenities are coming to the neighborhood, which recently commemorated the 50th anniversary of the historic civil unrest that erupted in 1965.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More recent Frank Gehry-related news on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136359128/gehry-s-product-designs-to-be-honored-by-museum-of-california-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry's product designs to be honored by Museum of California Design</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136351063/frank-gehry-opens-up-about-the-emotional-side-of-his-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry opens up about the emotional side of his architecture</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135191070/frank-gehry-s-renderings-for-l-a-s-sunset-strip-revealed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry's renderings for L.A.'s Sunset Strip revealed</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133963543/gehry-to-prioritize-hydrology-in-la-river-revitalization-strategy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry to prioritize hydrology in LA River revitalization strategy</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/133512302/looking-to-frank-gehry-after-paris-but-before-los-angeles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Looking to "Frank Gehry", after Paris but before Los Angeles</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/136359128/gehry-s-product-designs-to-be-honored-by-museum-of-california-design Gehry's product designs to be honored by Museum of California Design Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-10T23:28:00-04:00 >2015-09-11T12:36:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ez/ezjlahrmnia97yay.jpg" width="514" height="387" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While often referred to as the world's most famous living architect, Frank Gehry is also known as a product designer, creating pieces of furniture, jewelry, clothing and appliances. To honor these design contributions, which have included collaborations with Tiffany &amp; Co., Louis Vuitton, and the World Cup of Hockey, the California Design Museum is presenting Gehry with the Henry Award at the Museum's 12th Annual Award Benefit and Auction, held on October 25.</p><p>For more about the event, and to purchase tickets to the auction, click <a href="http://www.mocad.org/2015-Museum_benefit-Tickets.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>. The auction will include items from Gehry and other Californian designers and artists, including&nbsp;Ed Ruscha, Gere Kavanaugh, Rudi Gernreich, Doyle Lane, Otto and Vivika Heino, John Van Hamersveld and Laura Andreson.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/136351063/frank-gehry-opens-up-about-the-emotional-side-of-his-architecture Frank Gehry opens up about the emotional side of his architecture Julia Ingalls 2015-09-10T15:51:00-04:00 >2015-09-11T13:08:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hd/hd5qaydpzu9h55mp.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Gehry feels his work is never perfect, never finished. "It can never be perfect," he says. "By definition it can't because we're defective creatures."</p></em><br /><br /><p>As part of an interview about <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/127534748/stop-the-presses-paul-goldberger-s-take-on-critical-relevance-in-the-social-media-age" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Goldberger</a>'s forthcoming biography "Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry,"&nbsp;Frank Gehry revealed the emotional underpinnings of his practice, going so far as to turn down work that would unduly hamper his emotional expression. As the interview notes, "[Gehry's]&nbsp;taken hits from other architects and critics over the years who have said that the buildings don't work inside, or that they're too hard to construct &mdash; but stubbornly and passionately he has held onto one goal: to create buildings that inspire emotion."&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pq/pqa6lyfmx9y6kh78.jpg"></p><p>For more recent Gehry news:</p><p>&bull;&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135191070/frank-gehry-s-renderings-for-l-a-s-sunset-strip-revealed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry's renderings for L.A.'s Sunset Strip revealed</a></p><p>&bull;&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/133512302/looking-to-frank-gehry-after-paris-but-before-los-angeles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Looking to "Frank Gehry", after Paris but before Los Angeles</a></p><p>&bull;&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133963543/gehry-to-prioritize-hydrology-in-la-river-revitalization-strategy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry to prioritize hydrology in LA River revitalization strategy</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/136279503/archinect-s-comparison-of-gorgeous-yet-pragmatic-chair-design Archinect's comparison of gorgeous yet pragmatic chair design Julia Ingalls 2015-09-09T17:45:00-04:00 >2015-09-10T08:32:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ct/ctkwzjwgnw4x16t3.jpg" width="514" height="184" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As with any great architecture, furniture design is a nimble synthesis of form and function. In the case of chairs, some designers have artfully combined both to create visually striking objects that are actually comfortable to sit and work in. The <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/42000529/an-eames-chair-makeover-for-charity" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eames line of chairs</a> has of course received considerable acclaim, not only for their sleek design, but their relative hardiness. College dorm, office conference center, plush living room; the Eames chair can handle it, and look good while doing so. Similarly, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/12450131/heatherwick-studio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Heatherwick Studio</a>'s ubiquitous spun chairs have become something of a pop culture phenomenon, partially because they not only spin the person sitting within them a full 360 degrees, but also tilt that person almost completely upside down:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p3/p331hmzo1e4goyy8.jpg"></p><p>When not in use, the chairs also can be placed sitting straight up on their small rounded base, or left positioned at a slight angle without rolling away. They are pragmatic primarily because they are so well-engineered: indoor, outdoor, wherever, t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135191070/frank-gehry-s-renderings-for-l-a-s-sunset-strip-revealed Frank Gehry's renderings for L.A.'s Sunset Strip revealed Julia Ingalls 2015-08-26T15:00:00-04:00 >2015-08-28T11:50:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zc/zc9yt8s7rzkpwwz9.jpg" width="514" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Initial renderings of the $300 million development depict a cluster of five architecturally distinct buildings distributed across the 2.6- acre site around a central plaza. In total, the project will comprise 333,600 square feet, and have 249 residential units. One of the architects&rsquo; primary goals was to make the site as approachable as possible to invite the surrounding community in to shop, dine, or simply relax in the plaza.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Renderings and model photos were released today of <a href="http://archinect.com/gehry" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a>'s proposed design for the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122524873/new-gehry-mixed-user-in-the-works-at-gateway-to-the-sunset-strip" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">8150 Sunset Boulevard project</a>. Positioned at the so-called Gateway to the Sunset Strip at the curving intersection of Crescent Heights Boulevard, Havenhurst Drive and Sunset Boulevard, Gehry's mixed-use, three-story retail center and 11-story residential tower (which is expected to achieve LEED silver status) emphasizes pedestrian access and preserving Sunset's relatively low streetscape:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uc/uc7iqh41o0m6a7zm.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m0/m0yyd9r45amyrg8a.jpg"></p><p>Gehry reportedly said of the project,&nbsp;&nbsp;&ldquo;[Residents and future visitors] should feel that they are part of L.A., a part of L.A. that has a culture that comes with it.&rdquo;</p><p>More on Gehry's latest projects:</p><p>&bull; <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133963543/gehry-to-prioritize-hydrology-in-la-river-revitalization-strategy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry to prioritize hydrology in LA River revitalization strategy</a>&nbsp;</p><p>&bull; <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131502328/gehry-s-modified-eisenhower-memorial-design-gets-green-light-from-national-capital-planning-commission" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry's modified Eisenhower Memorial design gets green light from National Capital Planning Commission</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134127656/a-brief-history-of-twisted-apartment-buildings A brief history of twisted apartment buildings Julia Ingalls 2015-08-13T13:41:00-04:00 >2015-08-15T16:49:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9v/9v0kkn3q3e8gw1l0.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This 21st century trend started with Sweden's 2005 Turning Torso building, then quickly was adapted and modified by Frank Gehry for what became 2011's 8 Spruce Street in Manhattan. Now the twisted apartment building seems to have become its own typology, to judge by recent proposed works by both&nbsp;Urban Agency and <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/65588/sou-fujimoto-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sou&nbsp;</a><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/65588/sou-fujimoto-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fujimoto</a>:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/co/co8hkx25ia0awdl3.jpg"></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;<em>Urban Agency's code-savvy twisting apartment building.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xi/xiv69l8g4okqiudy.jpg"></p><p><em>&uarr; Sou Fujimoto's Abre Blanc apartment building.</em></p><p>Urban Agency's apartment building twists not just for an aesthetic thrill, but as a way to legally increase the total floor space by 40 percent by artfully shimmying through France's planning laws. Sou Fujimoto's unfurling, frond-like patios on Abre Blanc are thoughtfully designed purposefully to suit the structure's surrounding Mediterranean climate by embracing an outdoor lifestyle. <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1276712/mad" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD</a>'s "<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/release/1276712/mad-s-absolute-towers-tops-out/1276731" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marilyn Monroe"</a>&nbsp;2010-2012 Absolute World towers in Mississauga, ON took a more curvaceous and populist approach, as the final design was voted on&nbsp;by the Canadian public aft...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/133963543/gehry-to-prioritize-hydrology-in-la-river-revitalization-strategy Gehry to prioritize hydrology in LA River revitalization strategy Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-10T19:04:00-04:00 >2015-08-20T02:31:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/de/de4d5445bb843f4e1fb6f5d63f0bd158.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Gehry insists that he isn't interested in the river as the site for new landmarks. He says he told the Revitalization Corp. board members who first visited his office last year that he would take on the job only if he could look at the river primarily in terms of hydrology. [...] "I told them I'm not a landscape guy. I said I would only do it on the condition that they approached it as a water-reclamation project, to deal with all the water issues first."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Following up on last week's news that <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133738813/gehry-enlisted-to-masterplan-la-river-redevelopment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry had been attached to the LA River redevelopment strategy</a>, a few more details have surfaced &ndash; no distinct plans yet, but an overall approach has emerged. Summed up by Christopher Hawthorne, the&nbsp;<em>LA Times'</em>&nbsp;architecture critic, the plan is: "Gehry thinks [the LA River] could be turned into an entirely different kind of machine, one that could store and even treat storm water."</p><p>In the 1930s, the riverbed was coated in concrete by the Army Corps of Engineers to manage stormwater flooding, and has since turned the river into a piece of civic infrastructure foremost, a public space second. With that traditional understanding of the river's utility,&nbsp;Gehry's approach "stresses how little sense it makes to prohibit the public from using the river or its banks when risk of flooding is low &mdash; which means the vast majority of the time."</p><p>At least by that note, it appears Gehry's plan for the river will not push waterfront residential development at the expe...</p>