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"gehry talks: architecture + process"
With the completion of the celebrated Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, architect Frank O. Gehry has entered the pantheon of twentieth-century masters. In this wholly unique new book, a condensed edition of the original volume of the same name, Gehry himself offers extensive and illuminating commentary on various aspects of the processes involved in developing his revolutionary designs, including his influences, clients, use of materials, and new technologies.
"Gehry Talks: Architecture + Process" documents all of his new work of this decade, tracing his evolution from a southern California architect known for his idiosyncratic use of materials and collaboration with local artists, to an international figure whose fluid, hitherto undreamt-of forms surge beyond the aesthetic and technical constraints of the twentieth century. From the titanium-wrapped curves of the Guggenheim Bilbao to the binocular facade of the Chiat-Day Headquarters in California, his innovative structural ideas evoke a sense of freedom and spontaneity while, at the same time, displaying the utmost control. Unbound by guidelines of symmetry or the grid's delineation, his structures spring forth, engaged in a seemingly limitless play of ideas--ever-changing in both the multitudinous combinations of shapes suggested by the form and the depth of the conceptual associations implied by the design. Fish and snake motifs birl upon his building's rippling surfaces, while light follows the asymmetrical trajectories of their metallic folds. Though controversial and daring, his works always possess an elegance that lends warmth and humane scope to each project, regardless of thelevel of innovation--as evinced in contexts as varying as the complicated, and unrealized, plan of the Lewis House in Lyndhurst, Ohio, or the clarity of the idea behind the Ustra office building in Hannover, Germany.
This generously illustrated presentation features twent
Includes bibliographical references (p. 234) and index.
About the Author
is the editor of Rizzoli's The Architecture of Frank Gehry
(1986) and the curator of the 1986 Gehry exhibition at the Walker Art Center.
Michael Sorkin is a New York-based architecture critic and author of Exquisite Corpse and Michael Sorkin Studio: Wiggle.
Table of Contents
The reluctant master / Mildred Friedman -- Frozen light / Michael Sorkin -- Commentaries by Frank Gehry.