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Sculpture Layout & Design Process Model How he evolves his plans, the shapes, the geometry and eventually the functionality of the building i.e the evolution of his design process....... MUSEO GUGGENHEIM FOG started by scribbling his first reaction to the site, its relationship to the river, to the adjacent road bridge, to the city. He quickly sketched ideas for general sizes and locations of the main elements. He made models (or rather, his assistant did!!). He developed a materiality, which came to be based on fish scales and other recent projects (of his own and of others). He says he decided to give his museum 'movement' to knit it with the movement of the city. His models became sculptural and took on the form of a flower. After a week his ideas are recognizable in the final built project. A period of six years followed in which an iterative process developed the design in conjunction with the (continually changing) functional requirements.DECONNEO-EXPRESSIONISMORGANISIM DIGITAL DESIGNS
ARCHITECTURAL STYLE: INSPIRED BY FISH & FURNITURE Much of Gehry's work falls within the style of Deconstructivism. Deconstructivism, also known as DeCon Architecture, is often referred to as post-structuralist in nature for its ability to go beyond current modalities of structural definition. In architecture, its application tends to depart from modernism in its inherent criticism of culturally inherited givens such as societal goals and functional necessity. Because of this, unlike early modernist structures, DeCon structures are not required to reflect specific social or universal ideas, such as speed or universality of form, and they do not reflect a belief that form follows function. Gehry's own Santa Monica residence is a commonly cited example of deconstructivist architecture, as it was so drastically divorced from its original context, and, in such a manner, as to subvert its original spatial intention. Gehry is sometimes associated with what is known as the "Los Angeles School," or the "Santa Monica School" of architecture. The appropriateness of this designation and the existence of such a school, however, remains controversial due to the lack of a unifying philosophy or theory. This designation stems from the Los Angeles area's producing a group of the most influential postmodern architects, including such notable Gehry contemporaries as Eric Owen Moss and Pritzker Prize-winner Thom Mayne of Morphosis, as well as the famous schools of architecture at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (co-founded by Mayne), UCLA, and USC where Gehry is a member of the Board of Directors. Gehry’s style at times seems unfinished or even crude, but his work is consistent with the California ‘funk’ art movement in the 1960s and early 1970s, which featured the use of inexpensive found objects and non-traditional media such as clay to make serious art. Gehry has been called "the apostle of chain-link fencing and corrugated metal siding".  However, a retrospective exhibit at New Yorks's Whitney Museum in 1988 revealed that he is also a sophisticated classical artist, who knows European art history and contemporary sculpture and painting.
CRITICISM GEHRY'S WORK HAS ITS DETRACTORS. SOME HAVE SAID: The buildings waste structural resources by creating functionless forms. The buildings are apparently designed without accounting for the local climate. The spectacle of a building often overwhelms its intended use, especially in the case of museums and arenas. The buildings do not seem to belong in their surroundings. A report in The Economist described Gehry as a "one-trick pony" and an "auto-plagiarist",  referring to the similarity in style of some of his buildings. 
Santa Monica Place Santa Monica Place was a three-story, 570,000-square-foot (53,000 m 2 ) shopping mall in Santa Monica, California. The mall is located at the south end of the famous Third Street Promenade, and is also two blocks from the Santa Monica Pier and the beach. The mall is closed currently and is in the process of a major redevelopment with the new complex set to open in August 6, 2010.shopping mall Santa MonicaCaliforniaThird Street PromenadeSanta Monica Pier Santa Monica Place opened in 1980 adjacent to the old Third Street Mall and was renovated in 1991 and again in 1996. The complex features 120 shops, the largest of which is Macy's. It is 152,000 sq ft (14,100 m 2 ). on three levels. The mall featured a Robinsons May department store, but due to the merger between Federated/May Co., it was closed in 2006. It was 131,250 sq ft (12,194 m 2 ). on three levels. The mall featured some upscale brands such as Kenneth Cole and Williams-Sonoma. Macy'sRobinsons MayKenneth ColeWilliams-Sonoma Santa Monica Place was designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry early in his professional career with Gruen Associates, constructed in 1980, and renovated in 1990. It has served as a backdrop for several films and television shows, most notably the exterior of the Ridgemont Mall in Fast Times at Ridgemont High; it has also been used in Pretty in Pink as well as Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Beverly Hills 90210, and in the video game Midnight Club: Los Angeles.architectFrank GehryfilmstelevisionFast Times at Ridgemont HighPretty in PinkTerminator 2: Judgment DayBeverly Hills 90210 Midnight Club: Los Angeles
Redevelopment Developer, The Macerich Company, purchased the mall in 1999 and in 2004 proposed tearing down the mall and replacing it with a 10-acre (40,000 m 2 ) complex of high-rise condos, shops and offices.  The plan met with strong opposition from local residents who felt the project did not meet the low-rise character of the neighborhood and would worsen traffic. In a second 2007 proposal, Macerich significantly scaled back its plans, which was received as positive by the public, and was passed. The project involves removing the mall's roof, gutting out the interior, create public walkways, an indoor/outdoor dining deck, and other adaptive reuse measures. Therefore this involved closing all shops except for the Macy's department store.  Nordstrom has signed a letter of intent to open a location there in fall of 2010. . Macy's will close this year to be replaced with a Bloomingdale's. . This project is expected to be completed by Spring 2010. The Macerich Company adaptive reuse  Macy's  
His buildings, including his private residence, have become tourist attractions. Many museums, companies, and cities seek Gehry's services as a badge of distinction, beyond the product he delivers. This article does not cite any references or sources.... The Louvre Museum in Paris, one of the largest and most famous museums in the world.... The term company may refer to a separate legal entity, as in English law, or may simply refer to a business, as is the common use in the United States.... A city is an urban area, differentiated from a town, village, or hamlet by size, population density, importance, or legal status.... tourist attractionsmuseums companiescitiestourist attractionsmuseums companiescities His best known works include the titanium-covered Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles, Dancing House in Prague, Czech Republic, and his private residence in Santa Monica, California, which jump-started his career, lifting it from the status of "paper architecture", a phenomenon which many famous architects have experienced in their formative decades through experimentation almost exclusively on paper before receiving their first major commission in later years. Guggenheim MuseumBilbaoSpainWalt Disney Concert HallLos AngelesDancing HousePragueCzech RepublicSanta MonicaCaliforniaGuggenheim MuseumBilbaoSpainWalt Disney Concert HallLos AngelesDancing HousePragueCzech RepublicSanta MonicaCalifornia
The warped forms of Frank Gehry's structures are classified sometimes as being of the deconstructivist, or "DeCon" school of postmodernist architecture, whether or not he consciously holds such inclinations. Gehry himself disavows any association with the movement and claims no formal alliance to any particular architectural movement in general. Libeskinds Imperial War Museum North in Manchester comprises three apparently intersecting curved volumes.... Postmodernism (sometimes abbreviated pomo) is a term applied to a wide-ranging set of developments in critical theory, philosophy, architecture, art, literature, and culture, which are generally characterized as either emerging from, in reaction to, or superseding, modernism.... This article does not cite any references or sources.... deconstructivistpostmodernistarchitectural movement The DeCon movement stems from a series of discussions between French philosopher Jaques Derrida and architect Peter Eisenman in which they question the utility of commonly accepted notions of structure alone in being able to define and communicate a meaning or truth about a creator's intended definition (a definition of space in architecture, for example), and counterposes our preconceived notions of structure with its undoing; the deconstruction of that very same preconception of space and structure. It is in this criticism or deconstruction of a given construct, in this case, a structure, that architecture finds its justification or its "place of presence". Jacques Derrida Jacques Derrida (July 15, 1930 – October 8, 2004) was an Algerian-born French literary critic and philosopher of Jewish descent, considered the first to develop deconstruction. Positioning Derridas thought Derrida had a significant effect on continental philosophy and on literary theory, particularly through his long-time...Jaques DerridaPeter Eisenman
In that sense, DeCon is often referred to as post-structuralist in nature for its ability to go beyond current modalities of structural definition. In architecture, its application tends to depart from modernism in its inherent criticism of culturally inherited givens such as societal goals and functional necessity. Because of this, unlike early modernist structures, DeCon structures are not required to reflect specific social or universal ideas, such as speed or universality of form, and they do not reflect a belief that form follows function. Gehry's own Santa Monica residence is a commonly cited example of deconstructivist architecture as it was so drastically divorced from its original context, and in such a manner, as to subvert its original spatial intention. Post- structuralism is a body of work that followed in the wake of structuralism, and sought to understand the Western world as a network of structures, as in structuralism, but in which such structures are ordered primarily by local, shifting differences (as in deconstruction) rather than grand binary oppositions and... modernismform follows function Gehry is sometimes associated with what is known as the "Los Angeles School", or the "Santa Monica School" of architecture. The appropriateness of this designation and the existence of such a school, however, remains controversial due to the lack of a unifying philosophy or theory. This designation stems from the Los Angeles area producing a group of the most influential postmodern architects, including such notable Gehry contemporaries as Eric Owen Moss and Pritzker Prize-winner Thom Mayne of Morphosis, as well as the famous schools of architecture at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (co-founded by Thom Mayne), UCLA, and the USC.Eric Owen MossThom MayneSouthern California Institute of ArchitectureUCLA USC
CAREER Gehry spent many years working in traditional architecture; he worked for the firms Pereira and Luckman, Victor Gruen Associates, and Andre Remondet. In 1967, he created his own firm, Frank O. Gehry and Associates.  Download high resolution version (2010x1487, 1367 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name.... Download high resolution version (2010x1487, 1367 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name.... Millennium Park is a prominent new civic center of the City of Chicago in Illinois and an important landmark of the citys lakefront.... Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates:, Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area - City 234.... Millennium Park is a prominent new civic center of the City of Chicago in Illinois and an important landmark of the citys lakefront.... From http://pdphoto.... From http://pdphoto.... This article does not cite any references or sources.... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here.... Victor Gruen was an Austrian-born commercial architect who emigrated to the United States....traditional architectureVictor Gruen1967  According to the Gehry documentary, his work was primarily expressed in traditional architecture for many years. He experienced financial difficulties during much of his firm's early days. He expressed creativity in his own home, the Gehry Residence, which he used as a creative launch pad, playing with shapes and textures. Gehry had an epiphany when a guest at his house asked why he was so creative with his home, but so reserved and traditional in the execution of his work. Gehry decided to take his work in a new direction.Gehry Residence
The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao work is perceived to be Gehry's most iconic and representative work, and was a culmination of Gehry's new directions and experimentation with surfaces and shapes.   With the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Gehry gained a reputation for building on time and budget in a business where delays and cost overruns are common. Ironically, his Walt Disney Concert Hall is often regarded as a "copy" of Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, despite the fact that it was actually designed years before the Guggenheim Bilbao was. It was cost-delays and a lack of funding, not of Gehry's doing, that prevented Walt Disney Concert Hall from being completed on time. In an interview in Harvard Design Magazine, Gehry explained three things he does to keep his projects on time and budget.  Cost overrun is defined as excess of actual cost over budget....cost overruns  First, he ensures that what he calls the "organization of the artist" will prevail during construction, in order to prevent political and business interests from interfering with design and thus achieve a result as close as possible to the original design drawings. Secondly, he makes sure he has a detailed and realistic cost estimate before proceeding with a building. Thirdly, he maintains a close relationship with area builders to ensure projected costs are met. His privately-developed Gehry Technologies adapts and employs CATIA, a parametric modelling and analysis software originally designed for the aerospace and auto industries by Dassault Systems of France.CATIA
CATIA streamlines not only the engineering aspects of architecture, but also broader project management to drastically reduce the costs associated with the traditional top-down organizational approach, while enabling the architect to create heretofore physically unconceivable structural frameworks, such as those of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Guggenheim Bilbao, or the Dancing House project in Prague. Look up CATIA in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.... Frank Gehry also designed a wrist watch, marketed by Fossil. Instead of a standard clock face, Gehry's watch displays a digital text of the way a person might speak the time aloud. For instance, if the time were 1:54 P.M., it would read "6 'til 2"; or at 12:30 A.M., it would read "half- past midnight".  In 2004, Gehry designed a bottle for Wyborowa Vodka.  Fossil, Inc....Fossil   He has also designed jewelry for Tiffany & Co, signifying his unique departure from mainstream architectural practice in his willingness to participate in other artistic endeavours as well. The outside of a Tiffany & Co....Tiffany & Co Gehry has, in recent works, made an attempt to move away from titanium surfaces, and admirers and critics alike are waiting to see whether Gehry is able to produce equally compelling forms in a different idiom. Gehry is working with different textures and lighting, incorporating these into the framework of his usual approach. He is incorporating these ideas in new projects, including a small office complex on the West Side of Manhattan.
Gehry is currently working on the Barclays Center, the new NBA arena for the New Jersey Nets. Located in Brooklyn, New York, it is planned to open by 2010. It will seat about 18,000 people. The Barclays Center is a proposed sports arena to be built partly on a platform over the Metropolitan Transportation Authority-owned Atlantic Yards at Atlantic Avenue in the New York City borough of Brooklyn.... For other meanings, see Brooklyn (disambiguation)....Barclays CenterNew Jersey NetsBrooklyn, New York
Gehry's work has its detractors as the architecture values and its accompanying aspects within modern architecture vary, both between different schools of thought and among practising architects.  Among the criticisms: Image File history File linksMetadata Download high- resolution version (1536x1024, 281 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Frank Gehry Experience Music Project Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or... View of the EMP from the Seattle Center with the monorail traveling through it.... City nickname Emerald City City bird Great Blue Heron City flower Dahlia City mottos The City of Flowers The City of Goodwill City song Seattle, the Peerless City Mayor Greg Nickels County King County Area - Total - Land - Water - % water 369....  The buildings waste structural resources by creating functionless forms The buildings are apparently designed without researching the local climate The spectacle of a building often overwhelms its intended use (especially in the case of museums and arenas) The buildings do not seem to belong in their surroundings "organically" SeattleSeattle's EMP Museum represents this phenomenon at its most extreme. Microsoft's Paul Allen chose Gehry as the architect of the urban structure to house his public collection of music history artifacts. While the result is undeniably unique, critical reaction came in the form of withering attacks. The bizarre color choices, the total disregard for architectural harmony with built and natural surroundings, and the mammoth scale led to accusations that Gehry had simply "got it wrong." Admirers of the building remind critics that similar attacks were levelled against the Eiffel Tower in the late 19th century, and that only historical perspective would allow a fair evaluation of the building's merits. However, practical criticisms have continued. View of the EMP from the Seattle Center with the monorail traveling through it....EMP MuseumMicrosoftPaul Allenurban structuremusic history Eiffel Tower
For other persons named Paul Allen, see Paul Allen (disambiguation).... This article does not cite any references or sources.... A History of Western Music Seventh Edition by J. Peter Burkholder, Donald J. Grout, and Claude V. Palisca is one of several popular books used to teach Music History in North America.... Gehry's works have also raised concerns about possible environmental hazards. According to the Los Angeles Times, The Disney Center in downtown Los Angeles has "roasted the sidewalk to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, enough to melt plastic and cause serious sunburn to people standing on the street". This just IN !!!:paris hiltons new dog.... Los Angeles Times According to CNN, Case Western Reserve University "takes precautions with Gehry's sloping roof": The Cable News Network, commonly known as CNN, is a major cable television network founded in 1980 by Ted Turner....CNN The shiny, swirling US$62 million building that houses the business school at Case Western Reserve University is a marvel to behold. But it is sometimes best admired from afar. In its first winter, snow and ice have been sliding off the long, sloping, stainless-steel roof, bombarding the sidewalk below. And in bright sun, the glint off the steel tiles is so powerful that standing next to the building is like lying on a beach with a tanning mirror. Case Western Reserve University  Recent criticism of Gehry suggests he is repeating himself. Critics claim the use of disjointed metal panoply (often titanium) that has become Gehry's trademark is overused, and that almost all of his recent work seems derivative of his landmark Bilbao Guggenheim.Bilbao Guggenheim
Defenders respond that these criticisms ignore the subtelties that have emerged as his style has progressed. Although many of his buildings have maintained the vocabulary of rolling metallic forms, they argue, specific forms have never been repeated, and that within this motif is incredible variety and inovation. Some say Gehry would find it difficult not to rehash Bilbao or Disney even if he wanted not to, because his "signature style" is so widely recognized that potential clients approach him expecting it. Gehry's defenders respond that this ignores the unprecedented amount of power Gehry holds in negotiations with clients, and the artistic integrity he must possess in order to achieve what he has. They argue that the similarities in his latest masterpieces are more akin to an artist fleshing out the frontier of a stylistic universe than a hack stamping out product for demanding clients. Case Western Reserve University is a university in Cleveland, Ohio, United States, with some residence halls on the south end of campus located in Cleveland Heights.... The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, along the NerviÃ³n River in downtown Bilbao, with the Maman, a huge spider by Louise Bourgeois The Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, Spain, which is made of glass, titanium, and limestone.... Another criticism extends from the notion that Gehry's buildings ignore good urban design practice by turning their back on pedestrians (citing stark, limestone streetwalls of Disney Hall), and do not adequately respond to their physical context. Interestingly, Gehry is currently developing the urban design for a neighborhood in downtown Los Angeles. Given the criticism he has faced regarding his lack of consideration for good urban design, it remains to be seen how he will approach this design. The Walt Disney Concert Hall, in particular, opened to local newspaper criticism, one of which Gehry blasted with an angry expletive.  This article does not cite any references or sources.... Skyline of downtown Los Angeles Downtown Los Angeles is the central business district of Los Angeles, California, located close to the geographic center of the metropolitan area....urban designdowntown Los Angeles
Academically, one of Gehry's most consistent critics is Hal Foster, an art critic who has taught art and art history at Princeton University and Cornell University. Foster feels that much of Gehry's acclaim has been the result of attention and spectacle surrounding the buildings, rather than from an objective view.  An art critic is normally a person who have a speciality in giving reviews mainly of the types of fine art you will find on display. Typically the art critic will go to an art exhibition where works of art are displayed in the traditional way in localities especially made... This article is about the academic discipline of art history.... Princeton University is a private coeducational research university located in Princeton, New Jersey....Hal Fosterart criticart historyPrinceton UniversityCornell University In November, 2007, MIT sued Gehry, citing negligent design in the $300M Stata Center. MIT 
The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is a modern and contemporary art museum designed by Canadian- American architect Frank Gehry and located in Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain. It is built alongside the Nervion River, which runs through the city of Bilbao to the Atlantic Coast. The Guggenheim is one of several museums of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. The museum features both permanent and visiting exhibits featuring works of both Spanish and international artists.museumFrank GehryBilbaoBasque CountrySpain Nervion RiverAtlanticSolomon R. Guggenheim Foundation The Curves on the building have been designed to appear random. The architect has been quoted saying that "the randomness of the curves are designed to catch the light". Designed by Canadian/American architect Frank Gehry and opened to the public in 1997, was immediately vaulted to prominence as one of the world's most spectacular buildings in the style of Deconstructivism. Architect Philip Johnson called it "the greatest building of our time".  Frank Owen Gehry, CC (born Ephraim Owen Goldberg, February 28, 1929) is a Pritzker Prize winning architect based in Los Angeles, California.... For the band, see 1997 (band).... Libeskinds Imperial War Museum North in Manchester comprises three apparently intersecting curved volumes.... 1933 Portrait of Philip Johnson by Carl Van Vechten Philip Cortelyou Johnson (July 8, 1906 â€“ January 25, 2005) was an influential American architect.... Frank Gehry1997DeconstructivismPhilip Johnson  The museum's design and construction serve as an object lesson in Gehry's style and method. Like much of Gehry's other work, the structure consists of radically sculpted, organic contours. Sited as it is in a port town, it is intended to resemble a ship. Its brilliantly reflective panels resemble fish scales, echoing the other organic life (and, in particular, fish-like) forms that recur commonly in Gehry's designs, as well as the river Nervión upon which the museum sits. Also in typical Gehry fashion, the building is uniquely a product of the period's technology. Computer-aided design (CATIA) and visualizations were used heavily in the structure's design. The river Nervión runs through the city of Bilbao, Spain into the Bay of Biscay.... CADD and CAD redirect here.... Look up CATIA in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.... NerviónComputer-aided designCATIA
Computer simulations of the building's structure made it feasible to build shapes that architects of earlier eras would have found nearly impossible to construct. Also important is that while the museum is a spectacular monument from the river, on street level it is quite modest and does not overwhelm its traditional surroundings. The museum was opened as part of a revitalization effort for the city of Bilbao and for the Basque Country. Almost immediately after its opening, the Guggenheim Bilbao became a popular tourist attraction, drawing visitors from around the globe.  It was widely credited with "putting Bilbao on the map" and subsequently inspired other structures of similar design across the globe, such as the Cerritos Millennium Library in Cerritos, California. La Muy Noble y Muy Leal e Invicta (The most noble and most loyal and undefeated) Location Location of Bilbao in Spain and Biscay Coordinates :, Time zone : CET (GMT +1) - summer : CEST (GMT +2) General information Native name Bilbao (Basque) Spanish name Bilbao Nickname El Botxo (the hole) Founded 15... Cerritos Millennium Library The Cerritos Millennium Library, the New Cerritos Library, or the Cerritos Public Library is the civic library for the City of Cerritos, California.... City nicknames: The Geographic Center of Southern California The Freeway City County: Los Angeles County, California Mayor: Paul W. Bowlen (re-elected 2003) Mayor Pro Tem: Laura Lee (elected 2003) City Council: Jim Edwards (elected 2005) Gloria A. Kappe (re-elected 2003) John F. Crawley (re- elected 2005) Mottos: A...Bilbao Cerritos Millennium LibraryCerritos, California The building was constructed on time and budget, which is rare for architecture of this type. In an interview in Harvard Design Magazine  Gehry explained how he did it. First, he ensured that what he calls the "organization of the artist" prevailed during construction, in order to prevent political and business interests from interfering with the design. Second, he made sure he had a detailed and realistic cost estimate before proceeding. Third, he used CATIA and close collaboration with the individual building trades to control costs during construction. 
The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, along the Nervión River in downtown Bilbao, with the Maman, a huge spider by Louise Bourgeois BilbaoLouise Bourgeois http://knowledgepearls.com/?p=1719
The Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, Spain, which is made of glass, titanium, and limestone. BilbaoSpain
Frank arrived on the scene in the early eighties with a small, very local firm. The first time I met him was at a lecture he gave at Cal Poly Pomona in 1985. I was a student at the time. He's such a great guy, and he's very passionate about architecture. At that time, the term "deconstruction didn't exist yet for an "ism" in architecture. He'd describe himself as a post modernist. See, he was looking for alternatives to what was being done in the traditional sense, but at that time a lot of other guys were too. So, since there was no one unifying "style" to group the rebels into, they were all just classified as post modernist. Their manifesto was "Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture" by Robert Venturi. That book basically justified why they didn't have to follow the historical and / or modernist rules if they didn't want to. As the years have progressed, the various different niches have begun to be identified. Frank got even more eccentric than he was in the eightees as the restrictions on creativity loosened. His style now is based on the aproach that you can build a building without having to rely on the appearance of traditional structural forms. In this aproach, you see, he's subtracted a crucial element from the understanding of what architecture is all about. Then, when you look at his buildings, you see that he's not reinserted anything else in its place! The buildings look like they're "structure free" and proud of it - despite the fact that they lack a crucial aspect in our traditional understanding of what architecture is. This is one way of achieving what Derrida helped define as deconstruction. I guess Gehry would probably classify himself that way now...but what came first? The chicken or the egg?
Renzo Piano says: My dislike of Frank O. Gehry has been chronicled many times on this blog. Fundamentally speaking, Frank Gehry is the posterchild for the egotistical architect, one where his projects are canvases for him to apply his overdone style rather than responding to the questions and problems posed by a site's environment. Enter Renzo Piano, in addition to loving his work, I like the philosophy that he is communicating in an interview conducted by Liz Martin at Archinect. The two quotes below, I wonder if he's addressing anyone specific in mind. "But architecture is about thinking. It’s about slowness in some way. You need time to dream. The bad thing about computers is that they make everything run very fast." "But I think imposing your style may be actually very limiting, because you may end by simply imposing your style, instead of understanding the need of people." The possibility of two Gehry projects going up in my neighborhood, why couldn't it have been another architect?chronicledinterview