Frank Gehry Claims Today’s Architecture is (Mostly) “Pure Shit”
(Appeared on Architecture Daily - October 23, 2014)
“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.”
This, followed by the middle finger, was Gehry’s response to a reporter asking the 85-year-old architect how he responds to the critics claiming he practices “showy architecture.”
Originally covered by El Mundo and translated by Gizmodo, the awkward confrontation happened at a press conference in Oviedo, Spain, which Gehry attended to receive the Prince of Asturias Awards for the Arts.
Should I read that he and his work are the exception?
Evolution in architecture, like in other discipline or art, is not linear, it is more like a sinusoidal line, with periods that are empty of content and others ebullient, exuding creativity through its porous (e.g.: pre and after the two big wars). Because architecture as a holder of the activities of the human being is not disconnected from our feelings and passions
And that’s my point, architecture is good, when is able to contain the in-habitant and/or the exo-habitant in a way of referencing all the scales, including the urban…. And if those users can develop its feelings, memories, wishes to dance or sing…in a few words, the magic of being happy… the purpose is satisfied. And that for me, is what defines good architecture.
So the judgment of good or bad, is relative to a very definite user or finite group of users (city inhabitants) that con enjoy or not the proposed three-dimensional space.
I am not worry about Mr.Gehry’s claims, especially coming from somebody that only in a few occasions took in consideration the people inside and/or outside of its buildings…
Looks like it is easy to fuel the ego when you have the connivance of big clients….