Archinect - News 2018-03-23T11:00:05-04:00 Axis of Gehry: Colburn School in Downtown L.A. reveals architect for campus expansion Alexander Walter 2018-03-14T21:44:00-04:00 >2018-03-14T21:52:15-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a>'s impact on the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grand Avenue cultural corridor</a> in Downtown Los Angeles keeps growing: 15 years after completing the iconic <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Walt Disney Concert Hall</a>, and with the enormous <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Grand</a> mixed-use development right across the street finally coming to realization, Gehry was today also selected to design the campus expansion of the Colburn School, an internationally renowned institution teaching music, dance, and drama.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Colburn School campus. Photo: Philip Pirolo</figcaption></figure><p>The existing Colburn School campus, built by&nbsp;Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates in 1998, is located at the corner of Grand Avenue and 2nd Street, flanked by the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arata Isozaki</a>-designed Museum of Contemporary Art building and The Broad by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DS+R</a>. <br></p><p>The campus expansion site, only a stone's throw away on 2nd Street&nbsp;between South Olive and Hill Streets, will be transformed from a parking lot on a hill side into a new state-of-the-art multi-venue building. Featuring a 1,100-seat concert hall, a 700-seat studio theater, and a 100-s...</p> Inside Frank Gehry and Thomas Krens' hybrid Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture Museum Hope Daley 2018-02-20T14:25:00-05:00 >2018-02-20T14:25:54-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Picture the World Trade Center near the Empire State Building near Fenway Park near London's Tate Modern. Now picture trains zipping past the architectural icons. That is the vision world-famous architect Frank Gehry and museum developer Thomas Krens are trying to bring to North Adams, in the form of the Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture Museum.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With the aim of developing North Adams, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Massachusetts</a> as a cultural destination, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a> and Thomas Krens <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">released plans last summer</a> for their hybrid Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture Museum. The initial concept has now developed into an entire model showcasing more of what the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">museum</a> will look like.&nbsp;</p><p>The model museum features 164 buildings showcasing contemporary architecture by 71 international architects. Interwoven amongst these building 12 rail lines will run 107 operating model trains.&nbsp;</p> <p>The proposed museum houses this entire set up in one 670-foot-long gallery stretching the length of 2.5 football fields. Buildings will be constructed at a 1:48 scale including iconic structures such as the Seagram Building in Manhattan or the Brooklyn Bridge. The tallest building, the One World Trade Center, will reach 40 feet tall.&nbsp;</p> <p>The trains and buildings will also be surrounded by video-projected landscaping blending the physical models into a seamless background. The...</p> Frank Gehry + Santiago Calatrava rumored to be designing Hudson Yards buildings Justine Testado 2018-02-19T15:04:00-05:00 >2018-02-24T05:49:59-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>WSJ reports that &ldquo;a person familiar with the matter&rdquo; claims that Santiago Calatrava and Frank Gehry have been tapped to design buildings for the megaproject&rsquo;s second phase, due to rise over the west side rail yards [...] There&rsquo;s little information beyond that, but 2018 is the year that co-developers Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group are due to start work on the platform that will cover the west side yards</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the Wall Street Journal, Frank Gehry and Santiago Calatrava may be joining the star-studded lineup of designers working on the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hudson Yards</a> development, which &mdash; so far &mdash; includes&nbsp;SOM, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a>, Kohn Pedersen Fox, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Rockwell Group</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thomas Heatherwick</a>, to name a few.</p> Gehry reportedly tapped for new Facebook London HQ in King’s Cross Alexander Walter 2018-02-12T13:44:00-05:00 >2018-02-12T13:44:20-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Facebook is close to signing a deal for a new British headquarters at the King&rsquo;s Cross redevelopment in London. The social media giant is understood to be finalising outline terms with King&rsquo;s Cross Central, which is majority-owned by the AustralianSuper pension fund. Facebook is expected to take four buildings covering more than 700,000 sq ft, tripling the size of its footprint in the capital.</p></em><br /><br /><p>King's Cross is further strengthening its position as London's emerging tech hub, following previous proposed developments like <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google's mega&nbsp; "landscraper" HQ</a>, designed jointly by Heatherwick Studio and BIG.</p> <p>According to <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Times</a></em> and <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architect's Journal</a></em>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry Partners</a> is considered as architect for the new Facebook London base. Gehry and Zuckerberg go way back and have already collaborated on Facebook's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Silicon Valley</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dublin, and other London</a> offices.</p> Frank Gehry's Grand Avenue project presents latest design updates Alexander Walter 2018-01-26T18:39:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Gehry has completed new &mdash; and nearly final &mdash; designs for the Grand, an open-air complex of apartments, condominiums, movie theaters, restaurants and shops that promises to enliven a city block that has been mostly dead for half a century. [...] The delay helped improve the project, Himmel insisted. Five years ago, there was a "disconnect" between what Gehry wanted to build and what Related could pay for [...] Since then, Gehry has found ways to reconcile his vision with costs</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Gehry Partners/Related Cos.</figcaption></figure><p>But wait, there's more: the <em>LA Times</em> writes that developing the block on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grand Avenue</a> would finally unlock a design feature <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry</a> himself "baked into his design for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Disney Hall</a>" a long time ago &mdash; the ability of the concert hall's curvy metallic facade to receive light and video projections from across the street could open up the opportunity to show live concerts happening inside also outside and entertain people in The Grand.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Gehry Partners/Related Cos.</figcaption></figure><p>"We selected the metal surface that tested best for projection," the article quotes Gehry talking about his landmark Walt Disney Concert Hall. "You close that piece of Grand Avenue, put some chairs out there and you've got something special. We're not just building buildings, we're building places."</p><p>Bring on the food trucks.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Gehry Partners/Related Cos.</figcaption></figure> Frank Gehry's Merriweather Post Pavilion roof collapses during renovation Hope Daley 2018-01-25T13:21:00-05:00 >2018-01-25T13:36:13-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>One of architect Frank Gehry&rsquo;s earliest public buildings collapsed this month as it was nearing the end of a five-year, $55 million renovation, forcing the owners to revise their plans. The roof of the Merriweather Post Pavilion, a 19,000-seat open-air concert venue in Columbia, Maryland, crashed down in the middle of the night on Saturday, January 13, burying the seating below. No one was injured.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The concert <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pavilion</a> was designed by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a>, Walsh, and O'Malley in 1967 and is being renovated to maintain presence among other performing arts centers. The design team opted to keep the original roof seeing it as the defining element of Gehry's design and were in the process of raising it 20 feet on hydraulic lifts improving sightlines when it <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">collapsed</a>.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Merriweather Post Pavilion, image via Youtube</figcaption></figure><p>So far a cause for the collapse has not been disclosed. This incident marks the concert pavilion as one of the first major Frank Gehry buildings to be considerably lost or modified despite efforts to retain its architectural integrity.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><img src=";w=1200"><figcaption>Renovated Merriweather Post Pavilion rendering by JP2 Architects. Image: JP2 Architects.</figcaption></figure><p>Gehry Partners is not a part of the renovation design team headed up by JP2 Architects, but was briefed on the project. A new roof will be built in time for this summer's concert season with the first show scheduled for July.&nbsp;</p> The future of Canadian architecture relies on a national policy Hope Daley 2018-01-08T16:37:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>An architecture policy sets an aspirational goal for what we value about the built environment, and helps create a framework for that contribution to culture. The Ordre des architectes du Qu&eacute;bec (OAQ) is actively consulting with the government on the establishment of a provincial architecture policy. This is a positive move and shows leadership in the preservation of Canadian culture. It is an example that our federal government should follow.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Canadian architecture</a> needs the support of a national&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">policy</a> in order to survive the global competition. Canada's architecture must be seen under the umbrella of cultural policies that support local arts, culture, and businesses. As it stands, the country has no architectural policy to speak of. This leaves its firms vulnerable to larger international competition and its building susceptible to accreditation by non-Canadian architects.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>An&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architectural policy&nbsp;can be found in&nbsp;most European countries</a> and helps to support its local firms. Currently, Canada's local partners&nbsp;have limited involvement, especially in larger projects, due to stigmas of international firms having more design talent.&nbsp;When interviewed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a> said, "Canada had not offered the well supported educational institutions, the critical mass of creative people to produce radical new ideas, or the consumer markets for architecture to support more inventive practices."</p> Frank Gehry presents reworked and shortened Santa Monica hotel tower Alexander Walter 2018-01-05T14:05:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A developer looking to erect a hotel tower designed by Frank Gehry on Santa Monica&rsquo;s iconic Ocean Avenue has reworked its plans and released a new rendering of the project. Originally proposed five years ago as 22 stories, the hotel has been reduced to 12 stories&mdash;or 130 feet&mdash;to comply with the city&rsquo;s new development plan for downtown. It&rsquo;s just one part of a larger project that would also include a museum, shops, ground-floor open space, and 79 apartments.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The newly released rendering shows the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry</a>-designed hotel tower as a considerably shortened and reworked version of what was <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">originally proposed</a> in March of 2013 &mdash; <em>before</em> the city's new height rules and design guidelines for downtown Santa Monica were implemented. For comparison, check out the rendering of the original proposal below.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The original 22-story Ocean Avenue Project proposal from 2013.</figcaption></figure><p>"The design team has received significant input from the community outreach process, the planning department, and the Architectural Review Board," it reads on the project's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Public viewing platform. Image: Gehry Partners.</figcaption></figure><p>"The extensive outreach process used in developing the approved DCP informed the revised project, resulting in a lower maximum height appropriate to the Downtown context. A slender tower is oriented in an east-west direction, maximizing views to the oceanfront from areas to the east."</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Gehry Partners.</figcaption></figure><p>"The building street fronts are modulated to enhance activi...</p> Frank Gehry to design permanent home for LA Phil's Youth Orchestra Hope Daley 2017-11-09T20:28:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Among major initiatives announced for the Los Angeles Philharmonic&rsquo;s centennial year is the creation of a new permanent YOLA center to be designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a>. The famed architect will transform an existing facility, located in the LA suburb of Inglewood, into a central resource for the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles program.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;The LA Phil is the first orchestra anywhere to take such an enormous step for the future of its community. Thanks to the time I&rsquo;ve spent with Gustavo, I&rsquo;ve seen the difference that YOLA makes in young people&rsquo;s lives. I&rsquo;m proud to play my part by making spaces where the kids can feel inspired, and YOLA can open up the whole world of music to them" said Gehry.<br></p> <p>YOLA currently serves about 1,000 students across the Los Angeles area. The center will be a hub for fostering a greater number of young people who aspire to careers in music, helping to achieve the LA Phil&rsquo;s goal of doubling the number of students they serve by 2022.</p>... Frank Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial finally breaks ground in DC Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-11-06T14:21:00-05:00 >2017-11-06T14:21:21-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial</a>, designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a>, finally broke ground on Thursday. Sited just off&nbsp;Washington, D.C.&rsquo;s National Mall, the four-acre memorial will celebrate Eisenhower with a series 25-meter-tall columns featuring woven metal tapestries depicting scenes of his time in the forces, his upbringing in Kansas, and events like the signing of the first Civil Rights Act since Reconstruction.</p> <p>In the works since 1999, the road to the Dwight D. Eisenhower memorial has been full of controversy, with Gehry's design meeting multiple rounds of criticism from members of the public, government officials, and most notably, Eisenhower's relatives. Original plans called for a focus on the 34th President's humble beginnings, bothering those who felt he should be remembered for his leadership later in life. In addition, many felt the initial metal mesh tapestries invoked the Iron Curtain and were too extravagant and controversial.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>View of the tapestry from the memorial core. Image...</figcaption></figure> The country home of the artist Cai Guo-Qiang, designed by his friend Frank Gehry Nam Henderson 2017-10-02T11:18:00-04:00 >2017-10-02T19:53:37-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>That an architect and an artist as different as Cai and Gehry have had any ongoing creative dialogue at all is remarkable; that the most complete expression of that dialogue is a weekend home hidden in the New Jersey countryside is even more so. And yet Gehry&rsquo;s house for Cai, designed in collaboration with his former student Trattie Davies, is a kind of brick and mortar reflection of Cai&rsquo;s character: by turns boisterous and understated, flamboyant but ultimately serene.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p>M.H. Miller visited&nbsp;Morristown N.K, to spend a&nbsp;day with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cai Guo-Qiang</a>, at his Frank Gehry-designed country home.&nbsp;<br></p><p><br></p><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The renovated horse barn, which Cai now uses as a studio. The space is 14,000 square feet. Credit Stefan Ruiz</figcaption></figure> Frank Gehry to partner again with Thomas Krens on Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture Museum Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-08-31T14:22:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Famed architect Frank Gehry agreed earlier this summer to design the Krens museum, the fifth such project they've worked on together ... Krens, who is credited with conceiving of Mass MoCA before leaving to serve as the director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation until 2008, first proposed a model railroad and contemporary architecture museum at Western Gateway Heritage State Park in 2015.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The museum will be one piece of an 11-part revitalization plan issued by Krens for the North Adams neighborhood in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Massachusetts</a>, best known as the home to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MASS MoCA</a>&mdash;a project <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry</a> and Krens previously partnered on. The wide-scale development includes renovation of a historic theatre, the creation of the Massachusetts Museum of Time, a new luxury hotel, a distillery and the Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture Museum, of which Gehry is to design. Architects <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richard Gluckman</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jean Nouvel</a> will also be involved in the revitalization.</p> Frank Gehry's Grand Avenue Project files for construction permits with City of Los Angeles Justine Testado 2017-08-14T14:42:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Frank Gehry-designed project has taken a smaller, but important step forward this summer, by filing for building permits with the City of Los Angeles...The latest iteration of the Grand Avenue Project, which has been proposed for well over a decade, calls for the construction of two high-rise buildings at 100 S. Grand Avenue, replacing an infamous "tinker-toy" parking structure...Related has set a 2018 groundbreaking date for the project, with completion targeted in 2022.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Archinect LAX >< DET Mini Sessions; A Conversation with LA Architect and Gehry Alumnus Edwin Chan Paul Petrunia 2017-05-30T18:13:00-04:00 >2017-06-01T12:17:56-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>This week, starting today, we are releasing a series of conversations, or "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mini-Sessions</a>", with architects and designers in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Detroit</a>, in partnership with the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles Design Festival</a>. The festival will be taking place in Downtown LA from June 8 to 11th. First up is with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Edwin Chan of the LA-based EC3</a>. Edwin began his career, immediately after graduating in the mid-80&rsquo;s from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvard&rsquo;s GSD program</a>, at the office of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank O. Gehry &amp; Associates</a>. While at Gehry&rsquo;s office he worked as design partner on numerous iconic projects including the Vitra International Factory &amp; Design Museum, Venice Gateway, Foundation Louis Vuitton, and the Guggenheim Bilbao. Since 2012 he has been working on projects at a variety of scales from his own office EC3 in Venice Beach. I spoke with him about this work, and as it relates to two cities that he&rsquo;s currently active in - Los Angeles and Detroit.</p><p></p><p>If you&rsquo;re able to attend the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA Design Festival</a>, Edwin will be on a live panel, titled&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LAX &gt;&lt; DET</a>, discus...</p> Frank Gehry to design new Krakow Academy of Music complex Justine Testado 2017-04-11T12:51:00-04:00 >2017-04-11T12:51:09-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The Krakow Academy of Music recently announced <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry Partners</a> as the winner of a competition to design the school's new complex of educational facilities and main concert hall, which will be built on a former military site in the southern part of Krakow's Grzego&#769;rzki district.</p><p>When the Krakow Academy of Music, a Polish higher-ed institution, launched the two-stage competition last year, they sought a &ldquo;lively&rdquo; design that presented the most fitting architectural, functional, and acoustic solutions.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Images via</em></p><p>The initial renderings depict a campus of silver cubic buildings with slightly skewed edges, and it looks pretty typical of the Gehry brand to anyone already familiar with his work. In explaining their decision, the jury noted how the winning proposal has &ldquo;good integration&rdquo; with the site and realizes its full potential, allowing room for future developments. &ldquo;The composition of the designed buildings of the Academy is created with a complex of pavilions respectf...</p> Ground breaks on Frank Gehry's subtly lit, opened-up Philadelphia Museum of Art Julia Ingalls 2017-03-30T13:50:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>How do you transform a classical museum without dramatically altering the existing architecture? Frank Gehry and the hardworking crew at Gehry Partners have chosen to remove a few walls and increase the amount of natural and artificial lighting, creating a stronger visual connection between previously closed-off reception halls and the gallery spaces, as these before and after photos demonstrate:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The $196 million "Core Project" should be completed by about 2020, and will add 90,000 square feet to&nbsp;the public, including 23,000 square feet of new gallery space. After the Gehry Plan is completed, the galleries will have grown by an additional 55,000 square feet, for a total of 78,000 square feet.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Getty Research Institute acquires massive Frank Gehry archives Justine Testado 2017-03-29T17:50:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles acquired a seriously massive archive directly from the studio of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank O. Gehry</a> today. Dubbed <em>The Frank Gehry Papers</em>, the archives &mdash; which were granted as part gift and part purchase &mdash; reveal a comprehensive overview of the first 30 years of the architect's career, from his&nbsp;early graduate studies to his milestone 1988 competition entry for the Walt Disney Concert Hall that launched him into global fame.</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m honored by the attention of the Getty Research Institute delving into the history of my work, my beginnings, and other things that I never thought anybody would be interested in,&rdquo; Frank Gehry said in a statement. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m very moved that this great institution, with its resources to search for the best examples of creativity in our world, has found me an interesting party.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Frank Gehry, Greber Studio, Sketch1967, unbuilt, Beverly Glen, California, Frank Gehry Papers at the Getty Research Institute, &copy; Frank O. Gehry.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Frank Gehry, Sirmai-Peters...</em></p> The Frank Gehry-designed Pierre Boulez Saal to open this weekend Nicholas Korody 2017-03-02T18:21:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>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&rsquo;s other work, was designed in collaboration with the renowned acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota of Nagata. Gehry donated his services to the project.</p><p>The concert hall will serve as the &ldquo;public face&rdquo; of the Barenboim-Said Akademie, which trains young musicians from the Middle East. The school was created &ldquo;in the spirit of&rdquo; the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, which was founded in 1999 by Daniel Barenboim and the late American-Palestinian scholar Edward Said.</p><p>For more information on the concert hall, the Akademie or to watch the live stream, head over <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Only $90 for Frank Gehry's wisdom? Julia Ingalls 2017-02-21T13:32:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>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. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MasterClass</a>, a San Francisco-based educational video company, is now taking pre-orders for an online class taught by none other than Frank Gehry himself. Students can sign up for the class, which offers "video lessons from the instructor, interactive exercises,&nbsp;course materials, peer interaction, and more."&nbsp;Watch the trailer below to see what you'll likely learn as Frank winds his way through his model archive (and memories of nearly six decades of professional practice)...</p> Revised design for the Eisenhower memorial released Nicholas Korody 2017-01-17T12:59:00-05:00 >2017-01-19T19:42:25-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The road to a Dwight D. Eisenhower memorial has been anything but smooth. Frank Gehry&rsquo;s original plans for the project were nixed by critics&mdash;most notably, the Eisenhower family. But, finally, all parties reached an agreement last fall and the project is going forward. Now, Gehry and Partners and AECOM have released images of the (hopefully) final design, which will be presented publicly later this month.</p><p>The revision include changing the image depicted on the massive 440 ft.-long woven-metal tapestry. Previously, the image was going to depict Abilene, Kansas, where Eisenhower grew up. Now it&rsquo;s going to show an aerial view of Normandy, site of the D-Day invasion. Additionally, a statue of a young Eisenhower was moved from the center of the site to its margins.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Delayed for years, Gehry's LA Grand Avenue Project gets city council approval Alexander Walter 2016-12-19T15:12:00-05:00 >2016-12-22T16:02:25-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>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.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The glacial pace of the Grand Avenue Project development documented in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Redesigned Grand Avenue project wins L.A. County supervisors' blessing</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New designs unveiled by Frank Gehry for LA's storied Grand Ave. project</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In the end, turmoil over Grand Avenue plan could help the design</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Developer Unveils New Plan for Grand Avenue, sans Gehry</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">$3 Billion Grand Avenue Project Starts Construction</a></li></ul> Frank Gehry on Trump: "I'm very worried about him" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-05T13:35:00-05:00 >2016-12-11T22:57:37-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>... the dual Canadian-American citizen expressed serious concerns about the incoming commander-in-chief. &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t know whether we should get into politics here because some of you may think Trump is OK, but I&rsquo;m very worried about him,&rdquo; said Gehry, 87. &ldquo;I remember in 1937 and being in Canada and listening to Hitler&rsquo;s speeches on radio &ndash; and this resounded similar to me. It&rsquo;s just frightening.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Quoted above from a recent discussion at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Frank Gehry told the audience that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">he was not leaving the U.S. for France</a>, while facing the imminent future of a "frightening" Trump presidency. In a previous interview with&nbsp;<em>Le Figaro</em>, a French newspaper, Gehry had mentioned French president Francois Hollande's offer for him to seek self-exile in France.</p><p>More Gehry on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Frank Gehry and Maya Lin to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry and Maya Lin to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom</a></li><li><a title="Lawsuit alleges Frank Gehry's IAC Building is melting" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lawsuit alleges Frank Gehry's IAC Building is melting</a></li><li><a title="Frank Gehry's Sunset Strip mixed-user unanimously approved by L.A. City Council " href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry's Sunset Strip mixed-user unanimously approved by L.A. City Council</a></li><li><a title="Gehry's modified Eisenhower Memorial design accepted by Eisenhower family" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry's modified Eisenhower Memorial design accepted by Eisenhower family</a></li></ul> Lawsuit alleges Frank Gehry's IAC Building is melting Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-11-22T14:05:00-05:00 >2016-11-27T18:49:06-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The curvy, twisted glass facade of media mogul Barry Diller&rsquo;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. &ldquo;Nearly all of the windows have significant and visible defects,&rdquo; the building&rsquo;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.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More Gehry-news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Frank Gehry and Maya Lin to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry and Maya Lin to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom</a></li><li><a title="Frank Gehry might bail on the U.S. now that Trump's been elected" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry might bail on the U.S. now that Trump's been elected</a></li><li><a title="Frank Gehry's Sunset Strip mixed-user unanimously approved by L.A. City Council " href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry's Sunset Strip mixed-user unanimously approved by L.A. City Council</a></li><li><a title="Gehry's modified Eisenhower Memorial design accepted by Eisenhower family" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry's modified Eisenhower Memorial design accepted by Eisenhower family</a></li></ul> Frank Gehry and Maya Lin to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom Julia Ingalls 2016-11-17T12:56:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Some good news from the White House: iconic designers <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Maya Lin</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a> 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 yet. Gehry is currently undertaking <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the revitalization of the L.A. river</a>&nbsp;among other projects,&nbsp;while according to the White House's official site, Maya Lin is working "on a multi-sited artwork/memorial, <em>What is Missing?</em> bringing awareness to the planet's loss of habitat and biodiversity."&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For more on President Obama and architecture:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects selected to design the Obama Presidential Center</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How will President Obama's move to require overtime pay change architecture?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Chicago will reportedly win race for Obama Presidential Library</a></li></ul> Frank Gehry might bail on the U.S. now that Trump's been elected Nicholas Korody 2016-11-15T19:04:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>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.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Gehry said this during an interview with the French newspaper&nbsp;<em>Le Figaro,&nbsp;</em>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 President-Elect Trump.</p><p>Apparently, there's actual beef between Gehry and Trump. Gehry built Beekman Tower, which surpassed the Trump Building next door by a few centimeters, claiming the title of "tallest residential building in New York". <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apparently, the President-Elect&nbsp;<em>really</em>&nbsp;cares about building height</a>.</p><p>Anyway, no word yet on if Gehry is actually going to abandon the City of Angels for the City of Lights.</p><p>More on President-Elect Trump:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects Respond to the AIA&rsquo;s Statement in Support of President-Elect Donald Trump</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect&rsquo;s 2016 US Presidential Election Guide: How Trump and Clinton Stand on the Issues Architects Care about Most</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA Chicago responds to AIA CEO's statement in support of President-el...</a></li></ul> Frank Gehry's Sunset Strip mixed-user unanimously approved by L.A. City Council Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-11-03T13:17:00-04:00 >2016-11-13T14:00:59-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>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.</p></em><br /><br /><p>When Gehry's Sunset Strip development was <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">approved by the L.A. City Planning Commission</a> last August, the plan called for 28 affordable housing units (15% of the total stock)&mdash;a number that some at the Commission meeting were concerned set a "low bar" for a development of its size, stature and density (especially given the city's ongoing <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">housing crisis</a>).</p><p>The City Council's approval came with 10 more affordable housing units&mdash;approximately 17% of the total stock. The entire project includes two residential towers, a shopping center and gardens.</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Take a VR tour of the new L.A. Federal Courthouse, an &ldquo;unusually polished work of civic architecture&rdquo;" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a VR tour of the new L.A. Federal Courthouse, an &ldquo;unusually polished work of civic architecture&rdquo;</a></li><li><a title="Airbnb helps the homeless while getting involved with L.A.'s City Council" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb helps the homeless while getting involved with L.A.'s City Council</a></li><li><a title="How Frank Gehry was won over to design the Watts Children's Institute pro bono" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Frank Gehry was won over to design the Watts Children's Institute pro bono</a></li></ul> How Frank Gehry was won over to design the Watts Children's Institute pro bono Alexander Walter 2016-10-21T13:44:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>"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 &mdash; a series of two-story, garden-surrounded buildings that echo the modest scale of the neighborhood, their shiny roofs the only Gehry-esque note &mdash; 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."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Gehry's Watts involvement previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry-designed children's center planned for Watts neighborhood in L.A.</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can a Frank Gehry design help change the dynamic of Watts?</a></li></ul> Gehry's modified Eisenhower Memorial design accepted by Eisenhower family Julia Ingalls 2016-09-20T12:54:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>After more than four years of wrangling over&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry's</a> proposal for the <a href="" 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="" 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=""></p><p>For more on the fraught history of the Eisenhower Memorial:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry's modified Eisenhower Memorial design gets green light from National Capital Planning Commission</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chairman of Eisenhower Memorial Commission to step down</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eisenhower Memorial clears key hurdle on Gehry design</a></li></ul> “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 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">controversial</a>. Long-time advocates for the project have expressed feeling left out of the decision, which so...</p> Will Gehry's L.A. River plan result in water savings? Julia Ingalls 2016-08-04T12:53:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><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="" 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>