Frank Gehry is an architect you have to know. We have talked about the Canadian-born, California-based designer a lot, from his work with Mark Zuckerberg, to his trio of buildings in Toronto. He received much acclaim for his Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and ever since he's been wandering the world designing many innovative structures. Foreign Policy magazine interviewed Gehry and he spoke honestly about Hilary Clinton, Michael Bloomberg, and the business of architecture. The whole interview is interesting, however we picked out some highlights.
On Hilary Clinton:
Hillary Clinton, in her farewell speech as secretary of state, picked up on a theme in my work. It was very cool, but I was shocked when she mentioned me! She said that my work was "intentional," that political structures have to look beyond Greece, beyond columns, to a new architecture for a new world -- like Frank Gehry, she said. Democracy, obviously, is something we don't want to give up, but it does create chaos. It means the guy next door can do what he wants, and it creates a collision of thinking. In cities, that means people build whatever they want.
I think the best thing is to have a benevolent dictator -- who has taste! It's really hard to get consensus, to have a tastemaker. There is no Robert Moses anymore. Michael Bloomberg wants to be one. In fact, he promised he would build 10 more of my buildings in New York, but, you know, he hasn't yet. Architecture's difficult … [sigh].
On the architecture game:
There's just not that many people doing capital "A" Architecture anymore. A lot of people don't get it, but I design from the inside out so that the finished product looks inevitable somehow. I think it's important to create spaces that people like to be in, that are humanistic. This neo-minimalism supercold stuff is weird to me. I need a place where I can come home and take my shoes off.
He also talks about hiring a human rights lawyer for work in China, and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. Read the whole article here.