Photographer Wayne Thom captured Late Modernism like no one else, and now his archive is looking for a home

Sears, Roebuck and Company, Pacific Coast Territory Administrative Offices. Alhambra, CA.  A.C. Martin & Associates. design 1969, completion 1971. (Wayne Thom)

Sears, Roebuck and Company, Pacific Coast Territory Administrative Offices. Alhambra, CA. A.C. Martin & Associates. design 1969, completion 1971. (Wayne Thom)

As 1970s and 1980s architecture returns to vogue, a new recognition of those associated with its making and documentation also arises. So it is with Wayne Thom, long the preeminent architectural photographer of the large, Late Modern building by the large firm.

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Eavesdrop> Arts & Crafts with Gehry: Frank goes back to school

Eavesdroplet, West
Thursday, July 9, 2015
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(Courtesy Turnaround Arts)

(Courtesy Turnaround Arts)

Frank O. Gehry, soon to be feted at LACMA with a retrospective shipped in from France, has been busy recently not flipping off the design world. He was downright beaming as he hosted eighth grade students from Hoopa Valley Elementary School at Gehry Partners (FOG).

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New facade peels away from building, and comes with interactive mobile app to boot

(Courtesy Bortolotto architects)

(Courtesy Bortolotto architects)

A digitally readable facade will grace the southeast corner of a building at the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD U).

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Koolhaas’ Garage opens in Moscow with a social media narrative

Architecture, International, Media, News
Thursday, June 18, 2015
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Garage Museum of Contemporary Art press opening with architect Rem Koolhaas, museum founder Dasha Zhukova, museum director Anton Belov and Garage chief curator Kate Fowle. (Instagram: @garagemca)

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art press opening with architect Rem Koolhaas, museum founder Dasha Zhukova, museum director Anton Belov and Garage chief curator Kate Fowle. (Instagram: @garagemca)

Last week another point was scored for social media as the de rigueur disseminator of architecture with the opening of Rem Koolhaas’ Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow’s Gorky Park.

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Eavesdrop> Tales of bullying from a young Frank Gehry

Eavesdroplet, International
Friday, June 12, 2015
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Frank Gehry. (Courtesy Gehry Technologies; Montage by AN)

Frank Gehry. (Courtesy Gehry Technologies; Montage by AN)

In a recent essay for the forthcoming book Getting There: A Book of Mentors by Gillian Zoe Segal, Frank Gehry reminisced about his childhood in Canada. “My family was one of approximately 30 Jewish families in our town—Timmins, Ontario—and for a while, I was the only Jewish kid at my school. I used to get beat up regularly for ‘killing Christ.’”

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Frank Gehry is the first architect to be awarded the J. Paul Getty Medal

Architecture, Art, Awards, West
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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Frank Gehry (right) with Ed Moses (left)

Frank Gehry (right) with Ed Moses (left). (J. Paul Getty Trust)

The Getty Trust announced last week that it will give its J. Paul Getty Medal to Frank Gehry. This is the third time the Getty will hand out the award—established “to recognize living individuals from all over the world for their leadership in the fields in which the Getty works”—and the first time it will go to an architect.

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As Facebook taps Gehry for two more buildings, take a peek inside the tech giant’s new Menlo Park offices

Architecture, Interiors, West
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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Facebook HQ (Chrisophe Wu/ Facebook)

Facebook HQ (Chrisophe Wu / Facebook)

Facebook has allowed precious few people to see its new Frank Gehry–designed headquarters in Menlo Park, California.

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Giant Escalator Soon to Improve the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Famed Rocky Stairs

East, Other
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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Famous Rocky Stairs (Courtesy F. Aprile for VISIT PHILADELPHIA)

A new quick ascent for famous Rocky stairs (Courtesy F. Aprile for VISIT PHILADELPHIA)

The infamous “Rocky” steps leading up to the Philadelphia Museum of Art will soon be revamped with a new 72-foot escalator beginning in spring 2016. The climb to the museum, which was most notably featured in the iconic movie scene with Sly Stallone, is being transformed to enhance accessibility in time for the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia next July. And more importantly, this overhaul will be completed in preparation for the next Rocky sequel, ensuring that the action hero, at the ripe age of 68, with his creaky knees, can gracefully scale the stairs once again.

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What does Frank Gehry have planned for Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip?

Architecture, West
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
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View of the project's site from above (8950 Sunset LLC)

View of the project’s site from above (8150 Sunset LLC)

We’ve learned from Curbed LA that Frank Gehry is designing a large mixed-use development on LA’s Sunset Strip called 8150 Sunset. Located on Sunset and Crescent Heights Boulevards, the project will be located on the site of an old estate nicknamed the “Garden of Allah.” (The lot now contains a strip mall.)

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Eavesdrop> Gehry Riverbound? Rumors say Frank has plans for the LA River

Eavesdroplet, West
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
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Frank Gehry pilots his boat, FOGGY. (Paul Goldberger)

Frank Gehry pilots his boat, FOGGY. (Paul Goldberger)

 

Everybody is talking about the Los Angeles River, and now we hear rumors that Frank Gehry may be doing some kind of work in the area—a single building or perhaps an entire stretch of the river. What we don’t have right now is any proof. So if you hear anything please help us get it in our grubby, gossipy hands.

Everyone thinks Frank Gehry’s new building in Australia looks like a paper bag

(Flickr / Mal Booth)

Gehry’s latest. (Flickr / Mal Booth)

The most famous architect in the world agrees that his latest building kind of looks like a crumpled brown paper bag. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing, said Frank Gehry, the creator of the very wavy, very paper bag-y Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building at the University of Technology, Sydney. “It is a container, maybe it is a brown paper bag,” said the starchitect at the building’s recent opening. “But it is flexible on the inside; there is a lot of room for change and movement which I think in the world today is essential.”

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Frank Gehry Shuffle: University of St. Thomas to move Winton Guest House a second time

(University of St. Thomas)

Frank Gehry’s Winton House (University of St. Thomas)

An early Frank Gehry–designed house about an hour south of Minneapolis is on the move—again.

The Winton Guest House, which Gehry designed in the early 1980s for Penny and Mike Winton, sits on property in Owatonna, Minnesota recently sold by the building’s owner, the University of St. Thomas. They have until August 2016 to relocate the playful, postmodern cluster of forms.

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