Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry has designed world-renowned structures including the Guggenheim Musuem in Spain. He personally designs each and every one of the projects undertaken by his firm. In his talk, Frank discusses his most important original architecture work and walks us through his creative process, a multi-dimensional endeavor into imagination and cooperation.
Scene taken from the DVD Sketches of Frank Gehry (by Sydney Pollack)
All architecture begins with a concept. If you’re struggling to find one, curious about what one is, or wondering how architects begin their projects; this short course will walk you through the process I use and some of the techniques I rely on to develop architectural concepts all illustrated with one of my residential projects.
Design is a dialogue, and the concept ensures you have something to talk about. In this video I discuss the precise steps I take when beginning each project and how those steps lead me to an architectural concept.
Before we can develop the concept, we have to first understand the practical constraints. My design process begins only after gathering and assessing all the given parameters for a project. Now, this primarily consists of three types of information. There’s information derived from the site – things like: local climate, the prevailing winds, the solar aspect, vegetation, neighboring structures, the site’s history, and any unique liabilities or opportunities. The site of course also comes along with legal frameworks for development, which describe where and what we can and can’t build.
The second type of information we’ll gather is from the client. Every client has a set of cultural beliefs and preconceptions, preferences and agendas. Of course, we’ll want to determine their budget, and understand the personality traits and organizational politics which might also shape the design. The client and the building type together determine what architects call, “the program” which is essentially a detailed accounting of all the spaces the building will contain.
And the third type of information I gather is related to the building typology – is it a museum, a home…or a school for example? To learn about a building typology we often conduct an analysis of notable or relevant historical precedents. We want to know the essential problems these types of structures grapple with. Understanding the history of the archetype allows us to approach a problem from a fresh perspective.
All of this is necessary information that we collect for every project. This inventory can also serve as the progenitor for the design concept – our seed idea. And, rather than shunting creativity, these constraints often incite the creative process.
Concept Inspirations Discussed:
As with a good film, the setting, the characters, the cinematography, and the plot all conspire to make it what it is. It’s the experience you’ll recall rather than the concept per se. Sure, the concept sets the film in motion and it’s the starting point for all that follows. But this concept – the one or two-line description – can’t possible capture the richness and depth of the finished film…or in our case the architecture. Yet without it, the work is unfulfilling and so it should be clear that the concept is necessary for all our work as architects.
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Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2009/07/03/In_Conversation_with_Frank_Gehry
Architect Frank Gehry explains the reasoning behind the wood interior and bold metal exterior of the LA Disney Concert Hall. The building is known for its dramatic geometric exterior, but Gehry says the “inside was the key issue.”
Frank Gehry, in conversation with Thomas Pritzker, talks about his long and distinguished career as one of the world’s best known modern architects as part of the 2009 Aspen Ideas Festival.
He details the design philosophy behind some of his most famous buildings including the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California. – Aspen Institute
Frank Gehry is an architect and founder of Gehry Partners, LLP. Gehry has built an architectural career that has spanned five decades and produced public and private buildings in America, Europe, and Asia. Gehry’s work has earned him several of the most significant awards in architecture, including the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture, the Pritzker Prize, the Wolf Prize in Art, the Praemium Imperiale Award, the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Award, the National Medal of Arts, the Friedrich Kiesler Prize, the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal, and the Royal Institute of British Architects Gold Medal. Notable projects include: the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain; the DZ Bank Building in Berlin; Nationale-Nederlanden Building in Prague; and the Jay Pritzker Pavilion and BP Bridge in Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois.
The world renowned Architect Frank Gehry has been called “the greatest architect we have today” by the acclaimed architect Philip Johnson. His career has spanned more than five decades designing architectural masterpieces in over six countries on three continents. Mr. Gehry’s work includes the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California, and the Louis Vuitton Foundation’s new center in the Bois de Boulogne outside of Paris, France.
Mr. Gehry founded his architecture firm in 1962. More recently, he established Gehry Partners, LLP in 2001. He personally designs every project at the firm. He has won numerous international awards, including the coveted Pritzker Prize in 1989, the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Award in 2000, and the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service in 2004. He was the first architect ever to receive the Harvard Arts Medal in 2016. In 2016, President Barack Obama honored Frank Gehry with the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his career achievements. Mr. Gehry has also taught at Yale University.
Mr. Gehry explores the role of the architect in creating aesthetic, functional and socially present designs that respect their context, remain artistically and societally important over time, and inspire the highest ethical standards. Mr. Gehry shares his experiences in navigating some of today’s most challenging cultural, political, and social environments. He offers perspective on his own guiding moral principles and running an ethical business—and what really matters in life. He invites us to understand how his designs remain at the cutting edge of creativity, technology, and intellectual rigor.
Welcome to my conversation with Mr. Frank Gehry.
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The architect Frank Gehry talks about his asymmetrical design for the planned 450,000-square-foot Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and his inspiration for the museum’s huge, cooling cones.
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Nacido bajo el nombre de Ephraim Goldberg en Toronto, Canadá, (pero mas tarde adopto la nacionalidad norteamericana, de familia de origen judeo-polaca. Se graduó en 1954 (año en que se cambió el nombre por presiones de su ex-mujer) de sus estudios de arquitectura y comenzó a trabajar en el estudio de Victor Gruen y asociados en Los Ángeles. Al año siguiente luego de servir en la milica, es recivido en la Universidad de Harvard para estudiar urbanismo, y vuelve a trabajar con Gruen.
En 1961, ya casado y con dos hijas, Gehry se trasladó con su familia a París, donde trabajó en el estudio de André Rémonder. Permaneció un año, durante el cual estudió las obras de Le Corbusier y otros arquitectos franceses y europeos, así como las iglesias románicas existentes en Francia.
De regresó en Los Ángeles, Gehry abre su propio estudio de arquitectura. En el cual fue desarrollando su estilo arquitectónico personal y ganando reconocimiento nacional e internacional, generando una arquitectura impactante, realizada frecuentemente con materiales inacabados, en un mismo edificio incorpora varias formas geométricas simples, que crean una corriente visual entre ellas. Sus diseños no son fáciles de valorar para un observador inexperto, o con una sola mirada, ya al principo parece desordenada y desprolija pero buena parte de la calidad de diseño se encuentra en el juego de volúmenes y en los materiales empleados en las fachadas, lo cual obliga al observador a recorrerlo tanto por dentro como por fuera para poder reconocer enteramente la armonía y el diseño estructural.