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We sit down with super architect Frank Gehry of the Guggenheim-Bilbao, and many more, on the future of what humans build.

Architect Frank Gehry is seen in front of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, in Las Vegas. (AP)
Architect Frank Gehry is seen in front of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, in Las Vegas. (AP)

Frank Gehry hates the glib tag “starchitect,” but that’s a piece of what he is: the super architect behind so many of the most thrilling, imaginative, challenging new structures in the world.

The Guggenheim Bilbao museum, the titanium clad “gargantuan bouquet of writhing silver fish” in Spain? Gehry’s. The soaring, kaleidoscope of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles? Gehry. Tradition-busting, era-making, path-breaking designs all over the world? Gehry.He’s with us today.

This hour On Point: super architect Frank Gehry, and the meaning of what humans build.
-Tom Ashbrook


Frank Gehry, Pritzker Prize-winning architect based in Los Angeles, California.


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Vanity Fair "Bilbao—today one of the top tourist destinations in Europe—was such a backwater in the 1990s that, according to Gehry, the 265,000-square-foot museum, beside the Nervión River, went up almost unnoticed by the press. That only contributed to the drop-dead impact it created with its unveiling. “I like to work under the radar as much as I can. It’s been harder since I’ve gotten notorious,” says Gehry. "

New York Magazine "Frank Gehry’s New York looks so vivid in miniature, a parallel city of masterpieces in plastic, cardboard, and painted foam. Let’s start our fantasy tour at the vantage point of Brooklyn Heights."

TED "Frank Gehry is one of the world's most influential architects. His designs for the likes of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA are bold statements that have imposed a new aesthetic of architecture on the world at large, enlivening streetscapes and creating new destinations. Gehry has extended his vision beyond brick-and-mortar too, collaborating with artists such as Claes Oldenberg and Richard Serra, and designing watches, teapots and a line of jewelry for Tiffany & Co. "

This program aired on September 22, 2011.

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