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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Frank Gehry, before becoming THE Starchitect

Frank Gehry is one of those architects whose works can boldly divide people into two camps : those who adore him so much and those who loathe him with such a fiery passion.
In this video below, TED presents a video of Frank Gehry's speech recorded in 1990, when Gehry was "not-yet-legendary architect".
Talks Frank Gehry: From 1990, defending a vision for architecture

Speaking at TED in 1990, the not-yet-legendary architect Frank Gehry takes a whistle stop tour of his work to date, from his own Venice Beach house to the under-construction American Center in Paris. In this 50-minute slide show (before TED's 18-minute limit), Gehry explains the site-specific nature of his buildings -- context he felt was lost in the discussions of his then-controversial work.
What interests me most is that in this candid and funny talk, he exposes his own messy creative process ("I take pieces and bits, and look at it, and struggle with it, and cut it away...") and the way he struggles with problems ("This model on the left is pretty awful. I was ready to commit suicide when this was built ... If any of you have ideas on it, please contact me. I don't know what to do").
You know, sometimes that's what I feel too whenever I see his buildings.

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