Architecture in the Age of Gehry

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SDR
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Post by SDR »

Well, on the bright side, you'll have a chance to see a new Gehry building up close and personal (as they say). Maybe there'll be a pleasant surprise ? Stranger things have happened.

Or maybe you've seen the advance "artist's rendering" already, and there's no hope . . .

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Post by Roderick Grant »

There are, indeed, drawings published in AR. Not promising. I have had direct contact with Gehry in 4 buildings. Two early buildings in my neighborhood, Danziger and Faith Plating (demolished) were expertly done; two late buildings, Disney and Wiseman, suggest to me that he and his computer-savvy minions should not be practicing architecture.

I recall radio in the old days, with vacuum tubes. Listening to "An die Freude" with the inevitable static was not satisfying. Gehry's architecture is like radio static without the Freude.

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Post by jay »

If there's one thing truly positive about Gehry's work, it's that his public buildings seem to vividly convey that architecture can be vastly more expressive than conventional buildings. Surely, for architecturally-minded people, this is no revelation. But for people who don't have much interest in architecture, I'd bet that simply seeing a Gehry building might give them a small moment of contemplation. They might not like the work, might even find it offensive, but at last, Frank Gehry made them think about architecture for a nanosecond.

I've only been in one Gehry building, the EMP in Seattle. As a music museum, it was interesting to compare it to the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame building, by I.M. Pei, which I'd also visited maybe a year before... The Gehry building seemed far more appropriate to the spirit of musical creativity, while the R&RHoF just felt cold to me.

I also think this apartment he did is pretty neat:
https://www.dwell.com/article/peek-insi ... r-79546ef8

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Post by SDR »

One looks a long way back over one's shoulder, to the young Erich Mendelsohn, to see the kind of Expressionist work that Gehry appears to aspire to.


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And then, there's always Ronchamp . . .

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Post by steffanronan »

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