The Frank Gehry-designed Pierre Boulez Saal to open this weekend
The Pierre Boulez Saal, a concert hall in Berlin designed by Frank Gehry, will open this weekend with an inaugural concert that will be live streamed. The concert hall, which is more quiet than most of Gehry’s other work, was designed in collaboration with the renowned acoustician Yasuhisa... View full entry
Only $90 for Frank Gehry's wisdom?
Don't tell grad students carting around six-figure debt, but those who wish to learn from one of the masters of architecture can now do so for $90. MasterClass, a San Francisco-based educational video company, is now taking pre-orders for an online class taught by none other than Frank Gehry... View full entry
Revised design for the Eisenhower memorial released
The road to a Dwight D. Eisenhower memorial has been anything but smooth. Frank Gehry’s original plans for the project were nixed by critics—most notably, the Eisenhower family. But, finally, all parties reached an agreement last fall and the project is going forward. Now, Gehry and Partners... View full entry
Delayed for years, Gehry's LA Grand Avenue Project gets city council approval
The City Council this morning voted to approve the latest joint venture partnership and timeline for the long-delayed Grand Avenue project. The $950 million mega-development being designed by Frank Gehry is now scheduled to break ground in 2018 and open in 2022, according to developer Related Companies. [...]
The project was initially announced before the recession, and stalled during the economic downturn. It has been through numerous design changes.
— Los Angeles Downtown News
The glacial pace of the Grand Avenue Project development documented in the Archinect news:Redesigned Grand Avenue project wins L.A. County supervisors' blessingNew designs unveiled by Frank Gehry for LA's storied Grand Ave. projectIn the end, turmoil over Grand Avenue plan could help the... View full entry
Frank Gehry on Trump: "I'm very worried about him"
... the dual Canadian-American citizen expressed serious concerns about the incoming commander-in-chief.
“I don’t know whether we should get into politics here because some of you may think Trump is OK, but I’m very worried about him,” said Gehry, 87.
“I remember in 1937 and being in Canada and listening to Hitler’s speeches on radio – and this resounded similar to me. It’s just frightening.”
Quoted above from a recent discussion at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Frank Gehry told the audience that he was not leaving the U.S. for France, while facing the imminent future of a "frightening" Trump presidency. In a previous interview with Le Figaro, a French newspaper, Gehry had mentioned... View full entry
Lawsuit alleges Frank Gehry's IAC Building is melting
The curvy, twisted glass facade of media mogul Barry Diller’s IAC Building on West 18th Street and 11th Avenue is facing a sticky problem: The window sealant has become a dripping, opaque blob, according to a lawsuit.
“Nearly all of the windows have significant and visible defects,” the building’s owners claim in the suit against Permasteelisa North America, the company that installed the unique facade of the building designed by the acclaimed architect.
More Gehry-news on Archinect:Frank Gehry and Maya Lin to receive Presidential Medal of FreedomFrank Gehry might bail on the U.S. now that Trump's been electedFrank Gehry's Sunset Strip mixed-user unanimously approved by L.A. City CouncilGehry's modified Eisenhower Memorial design accepted by... View full entry
Frank Gehry and Maya Lin to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom
Some good news from the White House: iconic designers Maya Lin and Frank Gehry will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama in a ceremony on November 22nd. While both designers have already made tremendous contributions to the global aesthetic landscape, they're not done... View full entry
Frank Gehry might bail on the U.S. now that Trump's been elected
Frank Gehry has revealed that French president Francois Hollande has given him his word that he could self-exile to France now that Donald Trump has been elected the 45th President of the United States.
With the bleak prognostic becoming a reality, the starchitect might see himself emigrating to a new country, with a big welcome from its leader.
Gehry said this during an interview with the French newspaper Le Figaro, where he also railed against critics who don't consider him an artist, as well as most buildings. In fact, Gehry claims a correlation between people's ambivalence towards uninteresting architecture and support for... View full entry
Frank Gehry's Sunset Strip mixed-user unanimously approved by L.A. City Council
the developer, Townscape Partners, agreed to reduce its tallest tower to 178 feet and add more affordable housing and more parking spaces. It will also provide $2 million to ease traffic congestion.
The project will have 229 residential units, including 38 for low-income families. There will be 65,000 square feet of commercial space and a pedestrian plaza.
When Gehry's Sunset Strip development was approved by the L.A. City Planning Commission last August, the plan called for 28 affordable housing units (15% of the total stock)—a number that some at the Commission meeting were concerned set a "low bar" for a development of its size, stature and... View full entry
How Frank Gehry was won over to design the Watts Children's Institute pro bono
"We explained what the agency does and what we stand for, and he gave me a handshake right there," offering to work pro bono. [...] Of his design — a series of two-story, garden-surrounded buildings that echo the modest scale of the neighborhood, their shiny roofs the only Gehry-esque note — he says: "This building is not fancy but has all of my heart and soul in it. I worked hard to make spaces for the kids and families that would use it so that they would feel special."
Gehry's Watts involvement previously in the Archinect news:Frank Gehry-designed children's center planned for Watts neighborhood in L.A.Can a Frank Gehry design help change the dynamic of Watts? View full entry
Gehry's modified Eisenhower Memorial design accepted by Eisenhower family
After more than four years of wrangling over Frank Gehry's proposal for the Eisenhower memorial, 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 Reuters the... View full entry
“To ignore this is to ignore one of the great resources of the region": Frank Gehry on the LA River Revitalization project
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. “I think when I started it I had trepidation,”... View full entry
Will Gehry's L.A. River plan result in water savings?
For decades, the concrete-lined L.A. River has been more famous for being a bone-dry iconic conduit for films like Terminator 2 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... View full entry
Frank Gehry's Sunset Strip mixed-user approved by LA City Planning Commission, with 15% affordable units
[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—as well as a commitment to providing affordable housing at varying income levels, which we have agreed to increase” [...]
Ryu’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.
More Frank on Archinect:Frank Gehry's renderings for L.A.'s Sunset Strip revealedWhat's happening with Frank Gehry's masterplan for the LA River?Artist Daniel Buren spruces up Gehry's Fondation Louis Vuitton with colorful interventionLos Angeles River revitalization: prosperity for all or just a... View full entry
What's happening with Frank Gehry's masterplan for the LA River?
River LA is less interested in giving a clear picture of what Gehry’s plan eventually may include than in tamping down charges that it has been born of secrecy — 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.
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: “This is just meant to be information,” said Takemori. “There’s no designs, no proposals or anything... View full entry