Archinect - News 2015-11-28T19:04:43-05:00 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="" 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How is water used in California?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What if the California drought continues?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry to prioritize hydrology in LA River revitalization strategy</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry enlisted to masterplan LA River redevelopment</a></li></ul> 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="" 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=";rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0CB0QFjAAahUKEwjfsY_TrrPIAhWNNYgKHQnXDGY&amp;;usg=AFQjCNFnq44NcMkyoSmEBRAxQA8Y4kS3BA&amp;sig2=UDxLx44xsS6FkOBgtxUNtA&amp;bvm=bv.104615367,d.cGU" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid</a>, <a href=";rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0CB0QFjAAahUKEwjKwK_arrPIAhVLMogKHbeOBhI&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> 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">James Cuno at The Getty Center</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">USC</a> and then on to <a href="" 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="" 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> Editor's Picks #430 Nam Henderson 2015-09-29T13:21:00-04:00 >2015-10-03T17:20:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>,&nbsp;Editorial Manager for Archinect, reviewed "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shelter</a>" the debut exhibition at the <a href="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">first place</a>. While "Liquifying Aquifers by Lujac Desautel <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">won first place</a> in the "Pragmatic" category.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dame Zaha Hadid was announced as winner of 2016 Royal Gold Medal</a>. Sir&nbsp;Peter C...</p> 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="" width="514" height="309" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LACMA</a>'s retrospective of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a>&nbsp;is based off a previous show organized last year at the <a href="" 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="" 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=""></p><p>KCRW's resident art critic <a href="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frederick R. Weisman Museum</a>, gushed that "it's simply amazing how prolific and unstoppable Gehry has been ...</p> "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="" 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry to prioritize hydrology in LA River revitalization strategy</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry enlisted to masterplan LA River redevelopment</a></li></ul> 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="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What is the role of creative exploration in architecture? From the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A. Times</a> to <a href="" 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="" 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=""></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> Frank Gehry-designed children's center planned for Watts neighborhood in L.A. Justine Testado 2015-09-14T19:48:00-04:00 >2015-09-16T10:46:30-04:00 <img src="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry's product designs to be honored by Museum of California Design</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry opens up about the emotional side of his architecture</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry's renderings for L.A.'s Sunset Strip revealed</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry to prioritize hydrology in LA River revitalization strategy</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Looking to "Frank Gehry", after Paris but before Los Angeles</a></p> 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="" 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="" 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> 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="" 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="" 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=""></p><p>For more recent Gehry news:</p><p>&bull;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry's renderings for L.A.'s Sunset Strip revealed</a></p><p>&bull;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Looking to "Frank Gehry", after Paris but before Los Angeles</a></p><p>&bull;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry to prioritize hydrology in LA River revitalization strategy</a></p> 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="" 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="" 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="" 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=""></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> 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a>'s proposed design for the <a href="" 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=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry to prioritize hydrology in LA River revitalization strategy</a>&nbsp;</p><p>&bull; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry's modified Eisenhower Memorial design gets green light from National Capital Planning Commission</a></p> 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sou&nbsp;</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fujimoto</a>:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;<em>Urban Agency's code-savvy twisting apartment building.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD</a>'s "<a href="" 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> 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="" 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="" 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> Gehry enlisted to masterplan LA River redevelopment Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-07T19:01:00-04:00 >2015-08-11T17:12:31-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Gehry's involvement is a potential turning point in the&nbsp;decades-long movement to&nbsp;transform the concrete-lined waterway that winds through the heart of the Los Angeles Basin. [...] it appears to be a broad reworking of the Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan that L.A. city officials adopted in 2007 [...] the new plan is getting a cold reception from the community of activists who have helped draw attention over the years to what was once a forlorn environmental cause.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In an exclusive published earlier today by the&nbsp;<em>Los Angeles Times</em>, Peter Jamison takes a hard look at Frank Gehry's newly-announced collaboration with city officials to revitalize the LA River. Details are still very scant at this time, and Gehry's office has been tight-lipped about what their plans actually look like, but reportedly they'll encompass the whole 52-mile stretch.</p><p>While not much of the plan is public yet, there isn't much to celebrate so far. Not only are critics suspicious of Gehry's secrecy, but also feel that any shift in river redevelopment plans now could compromise the amount of federal funding promised to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">$1.4B revitalization plan already attached</a> to a portion of river. Nonprofit Friends of the Los Angeles River (FOLAR) has chosen not to endorse the project, deriding Gehry's appointment as the same kind of top-down planning that led to the river being encased in concrete in the middle of the last century &ndash; "[turning] a meandering alluvial river into a notoriou...</p> Sculptor Larry Bell's influence on Frank Gehry Alexander Walter 2015-07-30T18:34:00-04:00 >2015-08-08T21:55:16-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architect Frank Gehry has often talked about the influence artists have had on his building designs. [...] An early work from the 1960s by sculptor Larry Bell in the Frank Lloyd show offers a partial template for a Gehry design built three decades ago in Toluca Lake. Gehry's World Savings and Loan branch at Riverside Drive and Mariota Avenue is a sky-lighted, one-story hall framed by tall facades out front and in the back, as if a full second story had been planned but never built.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> From Z to A: Peter Zellner joins us in the studio Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-16T18:27:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T14:00:26-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week on the podcast: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry's design for the Eisenhower memorial is finally approved</a>, Zaha Hadid's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olympic Stadium in Tokyo gets cut-and-pasted</a> into some very Japanese situations, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peter Zellner</a>, Principal and Design Lead of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AECOM</a>'s Los Angeles&nbsp;architecture division, and founder of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zellnerplus</a>, sits down for a chat.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Listen to episode thirty-eight of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "From Z to A: Peter Zellner joins us in the studio":</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>Stitcher</strong>:&nbsp;<a href=";refid=stpr" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to listen</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p><p><strong>Shownotes</strong>:</p><p>Paul's trip to the races: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Southern California Timing Association</a></p><p>Take a tour along the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ballona Creek bike path</a>, from Culver City to the Pacific Ocean</p><p>At the <a href=";;t=3h13m44s" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Congressional hearing over the Eisenh...</a></p> Berlin lists communist-era towers of Alexanderplatz as historical monuments; Gehry high-rise still happening Alexander Walter 2015-07-15T17:07:00-04:00 >2015-07-18T14:03:34-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Berlin has just said &ldquo;yes&rdquo; to Communist-era blocks and &ldquo;no&rdquo; to more new skyscrapers. On Monday, the city announced that it was listing some key Communist-era structures in Alexanderplatz, East Berlin&rsquo;s central square, as historical monuments. It is an irremovable nail in the coffin of a 22-year-old plan to demolish the square and replace it with a &ldquo;little Manhattan&rdquo;&mdash;a set of 10 new 150-meter high towers.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alexanderplatz</a> won&rsquo;t stay entirely unchanged. Two new towers will still be built, one of them a twisting number from Frank Gehry."</em></p><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Berlin's Alexanderplatz high-rise developments continue to take shape</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Berlin hopes Germany's tallest residential tower has the 'Bilbao effect'</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Berlin After the Wall: A Microcosm of the World&rsquo;s Chaotic Change</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Berlin heals war scars with ambitious architecture</a></li></ul> Gehry's modified Eisenhower Memorial design gets green light from National Capital Planning Commission Alexander Walter 2015-07-09T18:21:00-04:00 >2015-07-15T12:54:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architect Frank Gehry&rsquo;s modified design for the National Eisenhower Memorial received final approval from the National Capital Planning Commission Thursday, the final step in the federal approval process that has dragged on since 2011. The commission voted 9 to 1 to move forward with the design for a memorial park on a four-acre site along Independence Avenue in Southwest Washington.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">Chairman of Eisenhower Memorial Commission to step down</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Eisenhower Memorial clears key hurdle on Gehry design</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Eisenhower Memorial to consider plan that removes most of Frank Gehry&rsquo;s designs</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Eisenhower memorial, politics as usual</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Panel rejects design for Eisenhower Memorial</a></li><li>...and <a href="" target="_blank">many more</a></li></ul> Editor's Picks #421 Nam Henderson 2015-06-24T09:24:00-04:00 >2015-06-24T12:07:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;penned <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What makes an artless museum?</a>,&nbsp;which reviewed the February Sky-lit event/preview of the new Broad Museum.&nbsp;Therein she argues that it provided "<em>an opportunity for the architecture to be treated as a relational art object, but not so it could be handled with velvet gloves</em>".&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chris Teeter</a>&nbsp;commented "<em>great article, it's worth 2 or 3 reads&hellip;</em>" <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a>&nbsp;wrote "<em>A meaty essay...on the Broad Museum (meat, contraceptive sponges, art, raw spectacle: it's a big topic</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Plus, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;explored the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Role of Software vs. Vision in Architectural Employment</a>.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Derek Kaplan</a>&nbsp;thought it was a "<em>Great article on a topic that needs more discussion.</em>"<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Charles Correa, named "<em>India&rsquo;s Greatest Architect</em>"&nbsp;by RIBA, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">died</a> at 84.&nbsp;<strong>jla-x</strong> eulogized "<em>He was pretty great. &nbsp;I studied his residential developments extensively as a student...He will be missed</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Despite recovering from several major surgeries for cancer, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tadao Ando spoke with </a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NHK World</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> about</a>; recent projects, the durability of...</p> Prada vs Louis Vuitton: The new fashion foundations compared Alexander Walter 2015-06-17T14:14:00-04:00 >2015-06-22T20:23:05-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Money is not an issue here&rdquo; is the motto that leaps out at you in both the Prada and Vuitton Foundation museums, although in Paris it is thrown into high relief on the building&rsquo;s facade by the almost vulgar silver logo of Louis Vuitton&mdash;the star company in the LVMH group.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Hudson River Valley in NY is the next stop for Gehry's Winton Guest House Justine Testado 2015-05-21T18:50:00-04:00 >2015-06-01T22:04:01-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Frank Gehry-designed Winton Guest House will embark on another lengthy roadtrip, moving roughly 1,200 miles from its current location in Owatonna, Minnesota to its new home in New York's Hudson River Valley. The geometric house <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sold for $750,000</a> at the Wright auction house in Chicago on Tuesday. The new owners, who wish to remain unidentified, paid an additional "buyer's premium" of $155,000 for the guest house, bringing up the total to $905,000. Wright listed the house's starting bid at $850,000.</p><p>The new owners pledged to restore and preserve the Guest House on private property, according to Dr. Victoria M. Young, professor of modern architectural history and chair of the Art History Department at the University of St. Thomas, which owned the house since 2007 as part of the Daniel C. Gainey Conference Center.&nbsp;Since the university <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sold</a> the Gainey Center to Meridian Behavioral Health Services last summer, the house was scheduled to begin relocation this June to meet its August 201...</p> Frank Gehry Awarded Getty Medal For "Changing the Course of Architecture" Julia Ingalls 2015-05-21T17:21:00-04:00 >2015-06-01T22:03:25-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Gehry becomes the first designer or artist to win the award that the Getty launched in 2013. The prize &ndash; a bronze medal with a profile portrait of J. Paul Getty &ndash; recognizes lifetime contributions in various art-related fields that are part of the Getty&rsquo;s mission, including philanthropy, art-history research, archeology and conservation of art and architecture, as well as art-making.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Frank Gehry can now add the Getty Medal to his collection of esteemed prizes, including the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pritzker</a>, the Order of Canada, and the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA Gold Medal</a>. The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Getty Trust</a> announced the awarding of the medal to Gehry, with an official dinner to follow on September 28, 2015. The award seems fitting for a man who, while he has never been comfortable calling himself an artist, last year stated that "I don't beg for work. I don't have publicists. I'm not waiting for people to call me. I work with clients who have respect for the art of architecture."&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>As J. Paul Getty Trust President and CEO James Cuno noted, "There have been very few individuals in all of history who have changed the course of architecture, and Frank is one of them. He effectively reinvented architecture with his use&nbsp;of new technologies in the design of beautiful and iconic buildings. And architecture will never be the same as a result.&rdquo;</p> Update: Frank Gehry's Winton Guest House auctioned for $750,000 Justine Testado 2015-05-19T13:14:00-04:00 >2015-05-26T19:21:29-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>UPDATE: </strong>The Winton Guest House sold for $750,000 today at Wright's "Design Masterworks" auction in Chicago. During the approximately 40-minute livestream that began promptly at noon Central Time, the Winton Guest House was auctioned among several furniture pieces including a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Charles Eames &amp; Eero Saarinen Chair</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Table</a>, and a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">George Nelson Marshmallow Sofa</a>. Although Wright's website listed $850,000 as the starting bid for the Winton Guest House, the bespeckled auctioneer Richard Wright opened up its bidding lot at $500,000 and increased it by $50,000 increments. As silence filled the room, the auctioneer nearly deemed the house as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pass/Unsold</a> until a phone bidder named Michael purchased it for $750,000. "This is a bargain on an architectural masterpiece," Wright commented. Not too surprisingly, the pacing of bids for the Guest House was neither as competitive nor as enduring compared to the furniture pieces. However, the House's bidding lot closed on a small celebratory note as att...</p> How Frank Gehry helped create the era of "technological construction" Nicholas Korody 2015-05-13T16:48:00-04:00 >2015-05-15T12:32:31-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="260" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the 1990s, Frank Gehry pioneered... &ldquo;smart&rdquo; digital design in architecture, by using software to optimize designs and translate them directly into a process of fabrication and construction. Now known in the industry as parametric design and building information modeling, this approach has ushered in a new era of architecture, according to art historian Irene Nero: the era of &ldquo;technological construction&rdquo; [...] How did an architect who doesn&rsquo;t use computers start a technology company?</p></em><br /><br /><p>In an article for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Priceonomics</a>, Lian Chang looks at the role Frank Gehry and his team had on the development of parametric design, aka building information modeling. Beginning with Gehry's fish-inspired&nbsp;pavilion for Barcelona&rsquo;s 1992 Olympics, Chang traces the various construction impasses and subsequent revelations that have helped establish Gehry Technologies as a significant player in the realization of many major architecture projects today (and not just the one's bearing his famous signature).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>After a contractor failed numerous times to translate Gehry's vision for the Barcelona pavilion, the resident "office hippy,"&nbsp;Jim Glymph, turned to&nbsp;CATIA, a C++ software package originally developed for the aerospace industry. Using parametric B&eacute;zier curves (or vectors) and 3D surface algorithms, Gehry's team was able to realize the project, and on budget.&nbsp;</p><p>Chang continues her history looking at the initial controversies surrounding Gehry's plans for the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the impo...</p> Frank Gehry to design stage set for Berlin State Opera Alexander Walter 2015-04-27T18:34:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T21:00:00-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Frank Gehry will be the stage designer of a new production of the Christoph Gluck opera "Orfeo ed Euridice" for Berlin's Staatsoper, the company announced on Monday in unveiling its 2015-2016 season. [...] Gehry, one of the world's foremost architects, has engaged in arts projects in the past [...] designed a set for a concert staging of Mozart's "Don Giovanni" in Los Angeles in 2003.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Chairman of Eisenhower Memorial Commission to step down Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-14T15:29:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T19:44:30-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="294" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Eisenhower Memorial Commission chairman Rocco Siciliano will step down as leader of the board but will remain a member [...] Siciliano, who is 93, is a World War II veteran who served as a special assistant to Eisenhower in the White House ... The commission&rsquo;s founding chairman, he suggested the board elect Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) to succeed him. [...] &ldquo;We need a tough Marine like him to bring this project to conclusion.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>This is the latest bump in the tumultuous saga that is Gehry's Eisenhower Memorial, however it doesn't necessarily mean the project will suffer more delays. Siciliano's suggested successor, Roberts, assured his fellow commissioners in an email that Eisenhower's family was coming around to the design. The project is slated for completion in 2018, pushed back 11 years from the original projection.</p><p>Prior related news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eisenhower Memorial clears key hurdle on Gehry design</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eisenhower Memorial to consider plan that removes most of Frank Gehry's designs</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry's Revised Eisenhower Memorial Loses Two Controversial Tapestries, But Concerns Remain</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eisenhower memorial, politics as usual</a></li><li>... and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">many more</a></li></ul> "American Disruption, at Home and Abroad": Gehry's Facebook HQ opens and Airbnb comes to Cuba on Archinect Sessions Episode #24 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-09T17:39:00-04:00 >2015-04-14T13:44:20-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Whatever becomes of Facebook&rsquo;s corporate future &ndash; and therefore the consequential Internet &ndash; will play out in the world of Frank Gehry. The architect&rsquo;s new HQ for Facebook in Menlo Park, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MPK20, opened earlier this week</a> with plentiful Instagrammed fanfare, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook recently submitted plans to build two more Gehry buildings</a> in the area. As we discuss on this week&rsquo;s podcast, MPK20 is refreshingly old-school FOG, designed to embrace Facebook's &ldquo;work in progress&rdquo; feel that Gehry&rsquo;s rougher materiality embraces. It&rsquo;s Facebook&rsquo;s and FOG&rsquo;s world; we&rsquo;re just living in it.</p><p>This episode, we also discuss <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the arrival of Airbnb in Cuba</a> &ndash; whether this style of tourism could encourage architectural preservation, and what the company&rsquo;s disruptive cachet means when there&rsquo;s no status quo to disrupt. We&rsquo;re also featuring part 1 of an interview I did with Kevin Roche, the Pritzker Prize winning architect who got his start over sixty years ago, working with Mies van der Rohe and Eero Saarinen. The 92-y...</p> Facebook hires Gehry again for next two buildings in Menlo Park Alexander Walter 2015-04-07T20:10:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T21:33:18-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The same week Facebook employees moved into a new Frank Gehry-designed building with a massive green roof, the social media giant submitted plans to Menlo Park for the construction of two office buildings on 58 acres it purchased last year. [...] Also designed by Gehry, the two office buildings would total 985,719 square feet and have a similar look, feel and height to the new Facebook building across from its main headquarters.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry's new Facebook campus opens for business</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">much more</a></p> Gehry's new Facebook campus opens for business Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-31T12:59:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T15:56:24-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But the Facebook building is something different. [...] For one, it&rsquo;s more subdued. ... Gehry held back for Facebook. &ldquo;From the start, Mark wanted a space that was unassuming, matter-of-fact, and cost effective,&rdquo; Gehry says in statement, referring to Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. &ldquo;He did not want it overly designed.&rdquo; [...] The open floor plan has become a cliche. But Facebook helped set the cliche&mdash;and it takes the idea so much further than most.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>