“It’s Like a Group Grope,”

“…People choose one building by me, one by Norman Foster, one by Zaha, one by Jean Nouvel, one by Daniel Libeskind. It becomes a cabinet of horrors.” So sayeth global architecture overlord and Simpsons character, Frank Gehry, describing the architectural orgy that is Abu Dhabi in a conversation with Hugh Pearman. If that statement sounds familiar, its likely because OMAer, Reinier de Graaf, recently used similar, if less…visceral, language in describing Dubai. Of course, these sentiments don’t stop either architect from building in the future folly-filled megalopoli. For an entertaining read, more nuggets of wisdom from Gehry, and a peak at his forthcoming Serpentine Pavilion, check out the full interview.

2 Replies to ““It’s Like a Group Grope,””

  1. nuggets of wisdom eh? Why exactly are people listening to someone who sells out to something he openly condemns? shaky principles beget (figuratively) shaky architecture.

  2. I’ve often thought the best way to make a statement in a place like Abu Dhabi would be to build a large subdivision of single-family wood framed homes, right in the heart of all the abstract monstrosities going up. Perhaps sometimes the only way to fight absurdity is with a different brand of absurdity.

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