Eavesdrop> Tales of bullying from a young Frank Gehry

Eavesdroplet, International
Friday, June 12, 2015
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
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
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
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
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
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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It’s okay, Zaha, building is a tricky game: Starchitecture that has struggled to keep it together



When a huge piece of a starchitect-designed building comes crashing to the ground, the architectural world tends to notice. We are of course talking about the recent reaction to the 176-pound piece of concrete that fell off Zaha Hadid’s Library and Learning Centre at Vienna University of Economics and Business. Making matters worse for Hadid, this is the second time the building has shed a piece of its skin. But Zaha is not alone; shed(-ding) happens.

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Video> Frank Gehry on his eccentric Guggenheim Abu Dhabi museum

Gehry and his Guggenheim model. (Screengrab via NYTimes)

Gehry and his Guggenheim Abu Dhabi model. (Screengrab via the New York Times)

Up-and-coming architect Frank Gehry recently sat down with the New York Times to discuss his  Guggenheim museum under construction on Saadiyat Island near Abu Dhabi. The eccentric or idiosyncratic or whimsical structure totals 450,000 square feet, making it 12 times larger than the Guggenheim in New York. The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi  is defined by multiple cones that Gehry says were influenced by teepees because of how they remove hot air. The design is also supposed to evoke the domes of mosques around the Middle East. Although that’s a bit harder to discern.

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Bjarke Ingels joins Foster and Gehry for Battersea Power Station redevelopment

Malaysia Square. (Courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group via Battersea Power Station)

Malaysia Square. (Courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group via Battersea Power Station)

Bjarke Ingels is slated to join elder architectural statesmen Norman Foster and Frank Gehry at the Battersea Power Station in London. The multi-billion dollar, mixed-use redevelopment was originally master planned by, yes, another starchitect, Rafael Viñoly. Ingels’ firm, BIG, joins the bunch after winning a competition to design a public space for the project called Malaysia Square. Why is it called Malaysia Square? Because, lest the Brits forget, the project is backed by a Malaysian development consortium.

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Eavesdrop> Grumpy Gehry flips the bird, defends Chicago’s Lucas Museum

Architecture, Eavesdroplet, International
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Frank Gehry flips the bird in Spain. (Inés Martín Rodrigo / Twitter)

Frank Gehry flips the bird in Spain. (Inés Martín Rodrigo / Twitter)

Who’s most irked by the Frank Gehry backlash currently underway in press rooms from Sydney to Spruce Street? Why, Frank Gehry, of course. At a press conference in Oviedo, Spain, Gehry replied to one journalist’s implication that Gehry’s architecture was just about spectacle with a spectacle of his own: He gave the journalist the middle finger.

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