At a recent press conference by El Mundo, a Spanish daily, one of the worlds most famous Pritzker Prize winning architects spoke their mind regarding the latest ‘trends’ in Architecture. I am certainly not an enthusiast of the Great Gehry’s works, but his thoughts on the current scenario of Architecture is impeccably true for a few starchitects in the global society today. On being asked by a reporter – “How do you answer to those who accuse you of practicing showy architecture?” Architect Frank Gehry brilliantly replied –
“Let me tell you one thing. In this world we are living in, 98 percent of everything that is built and designed today is pure shit. There’s no sense of design, no respect for humanity or for anything else. They are damn buildings and that’s it. Once in a while, however, there’s a small group of people who does something special. Very few. But good god, leave us alone! We are dedicated to our work. I don’t ask for work. I don’t have a publicist. I’m not waiting for anyone to call me. I work with clients who respect the art of architecture. Therefore, please don’t ask questions as stupid as that one.”
Some of Gehry’s works –
| The Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, California, 1980 | An upscale shopping mall |
| The Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain, 1997 | A titanium clad modern & contemporary art Museum |
| The MIT Ray & Maria Stata Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2004 | An academic complex |
The buildings designed clearly are not as conventional or ‘normal’ to the common man, but as an architect, Gehry definitely has the reasoning for the building’s he has designed.
The purpose of Architecture is about how best the people and environment can influence a buildings design, rather than a buildings design influencing the people and environment.