Archinect - News 2017-08-22T22:35:08-04:00 Can beautiful architecture inspire Americans to become good citizens? Alexander Walter 2014-11-26T14:04:00-05:00 >2014-12-04T22:36:58-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="313" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A hundred and some years ago, an aesthetic force called the City Beautiful movement professed the theory that grand public buildings, lovely civic palaces, could inspire Americans to become good citizens. [...] Since the 1960s, though, it seems as if great civic architecture has become an embarrassment. Politicians who love to cut ribbons find it hard to justify paying for beautiful on top of functional. The result is a style I call Sunbelt Stalinism [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> At Disney Concert Hall, Hadid Picks Up on Gehry’s Tune Alexander Walter 2014-05-30T13:18:00-04:00 >2014-06-03T22:59:52-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It was an artistic collaboration delayed by some 25 years: The London architect Zaha Hadid responded as much to Frank Gehry&rsquo;s Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles as she did to &ldquo;Cos&igrave; Fan Tutte&rdquo; when she designed her undulating all-white set for the Los Angeles Philharmonic&rsquo;s performance of Mozart&rsquo;s opera this week (it closes on Saturday). &ldquo;We were responding to the context, to Frank&rsquo;s design,&rdquo; Ms. Hadid said in a telephone interview from London.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Frank Gehry's iconic Disney Concert Hall turns 10 Alexander Walter 2013-10-23T18:38:00-04:00 >2013-10-28T21:38:58-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Now known worldwide for its trademark curves, it's nearly impossible to imagine anybody but Frank Gehry designing Disney Hall. One critic recently lauded the exuberance of the building's design and "The way it seems eager to expand outward like a bunch of balloons in a child's fist." Gehry called it a sailing ship. &ldquo;I like the image of it as something moving. Our culture is so filled with movement compared to a hundred years ago. Everything is moving or flying," said Gehry.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Gehry and Salonen discuss ten years of music at Disney Concert Hall Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-16T16:15:00-04:00 >2013-10-23T18:29:55-04:00 <img src="" width="530" height="263" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> To celebrate Disney Hall&rsquo;s tenth anniversary, architect Frank Gehry and Conductor Laureate for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Esa-Pekka Salonen reminisced on the building&rsquo;s inspiration last night, at a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">discussion held at the Hammer Museum</a>. Co-hosted by the LA Phil, far from the actual concert hall and its spotty downtown L.A. environs, the discussion&rsquo;s moderator Nicolai Ouroussoff (former architecture critic for the <em>New York Times</em>) tried to tease out the relationship between architecture and music. While Salonen touched upon questions of classical music&rsquo;s relevance, Gehry didn&rsquo;t delve too deeply into the particulars of his design.</p> <p> As Music Director for the LA Philharmonic from 1992-2009, Salonen oversaw the orchestra during its transition from the slightly-stuffy Dorothy Chandler Pavilion over to Disney Hall, and is highly regarded for whipping the Philharmonic into shape as a progressive and formidable cultural institution. The trajectory of the LA Phil is largely wrapped up in b...</p> Master acoustician, Yasuhisa Toyota, talks about kickstarting his career with the Disney Concert Hall Archinect 2013-09-20T14:59:00-04:00 >2013-09-23T20:33:00-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Our collaboration has been since 1989, and now it's long-term," Toyota says of Gehry. "With Frank, I learned many, many things." Chief among them, he says: "Flexibility." "His thinking is very free and without restrictions. His spirit and creative mind is [open]. And we were able to work together in this way," Toyota says. During the construction of Disney Hall, Toyota, ... was inspired by Gehry's design and perfected what he sees as his personal style of acoustics.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Nearly 10 years old, Disney Hall needs upgrades Archinect 2013-09-05T13:29:00-04:00 >2013-09-10T13:58:00-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Panicky cost-cutting measures during construction left out elements that would have made the exterior and lobby more dazzling and the hall more flexible. The Music Center, which maintains the hall, seems in danger of taking the venue for granted, not eager to invest in it when it can bask in glory by doing nothing. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is planning a subway line under the hall, raising concerns that train vibrations will spoil the sound.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Perfectly Frank - LA's most acclaimed architect muses on missed opportunities Alexander Walter 2013-07-29T18:40:00-04:00 >2013-08-05T19:47:41-04:00 <img src="" width="200" height="299" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Los Angeles doesn&rsquo;t take architecture seriously,&rdquo; he says, &ldquo;though I guess you could say that about most cities.&rdquo; &ldquo;What about Disney Hall?&rdquo; I ask. "That&rsquo;s just one building,&rdquo; he says with amusement. There is nothing peevish in his attitude toward this place. He is a fan, waxing a bit protective of our image: &ldquo;It&rsquo;s easy from outside to portray us as La-La Land, still easy for Europeans to come here and make jokes about us.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Frank Gehry says new subway could be 'disaster' for Disney Hall Archinect 2013-05-28T13:34:00-04:00 >2013-06-04T15:26:16-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Frank Gehry has raised concerns that concerts at his Disney Hall in Los Angeles could be ruined by a planned subway line that would run close to the venue. Recent simulations suggest rumbling might be audible in the concert hall. These have provoked the architect to call for the Metro&rsquo;s own noise projections, which two years ago predicted there would be no audible impact, to be reviewed.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>