March 2007


American architect Frank Gehry has become what so many young architects dream of – well known in the field as well as to the general public (rare – the only other really being Frank Lloyd Wright), successfully and repeatedly carrying out his own vision of architecture, as well as ample opportunities to design beyond buildings.
In 1978 Gehry completed his own Santa Monica House. Early on in his career, he worked in more common materials, on a few occasions even incorporating chain link fence into the design. “Personally, I hate chain link. I got involved with it because it was invevitably being used around my buildings. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em”, Gehry has stated on numerous occasions
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Gehry Santa Monica residence
1989 Pritzker Prize Laureate, Frank Gehry has since continued his pursuit of sculptural form in architecture. Working in what many call postmodern architecture, he is constantly pursuing his vision, which in many ways transcends a particular style. This pursuit is actually very modern – Gehry is working in his own language, developing it, testing it in every work that gets built. He is not inventing a new architecture every morning. He his committed to developing his vision of creating joyful architecture.
In 1997, the Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain was completed. Almost overnight, it became THE destination. This work secured Gehry in the annals of architectural and cultural history.
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Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain
So significant was this work of architecture, the Bilbao effect began to occur. Many cities clamored for a Gehry. The Simpsons even featured Gehry in an episode.
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Gehry, on The Simpsons
In the decade since Bilbao, Gehry has been busy. Some furniture,

jewelry

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Selection of Gehry-designed pieces at Tiffany and Co.
and more and more architecture…

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Chicago Millenium Park Pritzker Pavillion

One of the major projects he and his office has on the boards, Atlantic Yards.

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Atlantic Yards, model of “Miss Brooklyn”

Still working at full force at 78, Frank Gehry is an icon of our age. His body of work is unlike anything that came before. His passion for joyful architecture is inspiration for young architects. Though it is at this time unclear the effect Gehry’s sculptural forms will have on the future of architecture, it has surely made its impact on architectural and cultural history.

Laurie Olin, FASLA, established the first incarnation of his firm, Olin Partnership, in 1976. More than thirty years later, Mr. Olin has developed landscapes and master plans for universities, international companies, government bodies and numerous other clients.

“The firm takes a long term view of design, believing that strong, clear schemes supported by innovative detailing and fine, lasting materials are essential to melding social needs with physical resources. Design that provides functional accommodation, symbolic meaning, and aesthetic richness can make timeless human environments.” From Olin Partnership “Philosophy.”

Past projects include University of Pensylvania master plan, Art Institute of Chicago gardens, and Battery Park City master plan. Current projects include…
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Atlantic Yards,

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and Washington Monument modifications.

Olin has long collaborated with Peter Eisenmann. “During their twenty-five years of collaboration, Olin and Eisenman have developed a unique approach to site development where neither the building nor the surrounding environment is given priority,” from Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania.
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From ICA:Fertilizers: Olin / Eisenman

In addition to these large and highly visible projects, Olin continues to teach and write, influencing future generations of Landscape architects.

Curbed offers a summary of what’s going on over at Atlantic Yards.

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Brownstoner reports on the recently released Atlantic Yards Financial Projections.

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