Speaking at TED in 1990, the not-yet-legendary architect Frank Gehry takes a whistlestop tour of his work to date, from his own Venice Beach house to the under-construction American Center in Paris. In this 50-minute slideshow (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. 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”).


Comments

  1. #1 Eamon Knight
    April 5, 2008

    It would be nice if he could defend his buildings against the weather.

  2. #2 Stephanie Z
    April 6, 2008

    I’d settle for art that cooperated with the sun–say, where sunrise and sunset are not directed into the eyes of traffic, or where the visible silicon-type sealant doesn’t yellow over the years so the piece ends up looking like it’s held together by snot. Gehry has some cool ideas, but he’s the best argument I’ve seen for stitching designers and engineers together at the hip.