Monday, May 11, 2009

Conversations with Gehry

It’s a real skill for architects to convince clients to take a creative leap of faith with a unique design. How does one do it? Some answers can be found in the new book Conversations with Frank Gehry by Barbara Isenberg. Becoming one’s own client seems to be the first step for many forward-thinking architects, using their own homes for experimentation. Gehry’s reinvention of his Santa Monica bungalow was a first step in establishing his bold architecture. And as we know, location is everything; California’s openness to new design and rubbing elbows with the rich and famous put Gehry in position to secure future innovative projects, including the Guggenheim in Bilbao,Spain. Watching Gehry assemble a model in The Sketches of Frank Gehry, one gets the sense that Gehry speaks the language of line and form with ease, communicating complex design principals with paper and scotch tape. Hopefully Isenberg’s new book add Gehry’s personal explication of his projects to that conversation.

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