Frank Gehry was born in Toronto, Canada on February 28, 1929. He attended the University of Southern California and Harvard University. Gehry’s firm has been based in Los Angeles since the early 1960s, he is among the most appraised architects of the 20th century, and he is also known for his use of bold, postmodern shapes and unusual use of building materials and distinct fabrications. Gehry began using his creative talent at a young age, using only what he could find in his grandfather’s hardware store, he created imaginary houses. The idiosyncratic use of these materials defined his style. Gehry remodeled his family home in Santa Monica with the money earned from Easy Edges, a cardboard furniture business he launched his career with. The remodeling involved surrounding the existing bungalow with corrugated steel and chain-link fence, effectively splitting the house open with an angled skylight. Gehry's unconventional design shocked architectural world, ultimately launching his career to new heights. During the 1960s, Gehry began to redirect his architecture by fusing the Japanese and vernacular elements in his early work. Influenced by painters and sculptors, his designs showed elite manipulation of perspectively distorted shapes, sculptural masses molded by light, and buildings that reveal their underlying structures. These designs allowed Gehry to explore an extreme interest with the process of construction and the experimentation of mass produced and affordable materials. By exposing wood frame construction, using plywood, corrugated aluminum, and chain link fence as sheathing or screens, and creating incomplete geometries and impartial objects out of key areas, Frank Gehry brought to light the structure of the physical and architectural context of which he was building. The attributes of Gehry’s designs created more space, as well as flooding his buildings with light. Frank Gehry should be examined because, his designs and ideas where created from pure imagination and out-of-the-box thinking. By using unconventional building materials he opened regular buildings into a self-contained world of possibilities. He threw out the idea of standard geometric shapes and created abstract ones. By doing this, he opened up new doorways in the architectural world. Many ask, why does Gehry use such abstract and cheap materials? “When I first started out”, he states, “I had a lot of poor clients.” Gehry says “that the idea that you can create art out of anything interests me.” Frank Gehry’s philosophy is that a building is an incomplete structure. He claims himself to be a spokesman for “cheapskate architecture”, the use of mass produced, low cost material. He got into the mindset of “cheapskate architectural” because he liked the idea of working and manipulating materials. His designs include a sense of being unbalanced and misshaped. But this is part of the idea of creating a piece of art or a sculpture.
["I approach each building as a sculptural object, a spatial container, a space with light and air, a response to context and appropriateness of feeling and spirit. To this container, this sculpture, the user brings his baggage, his program, and interacts with it to accommodate his needs. If he can't do that, I've failed."—from the 1980 edition of "Contemporary Architects"]
We see the application of Gehry’s philosophy, in the use of steel mesh, cinderblocks, corrugated aluminum, and an assortment of other mass produced, industrial material. He uses these materials in a specific way to catch the light and open up space. Gehry has pioneered new ways to build and his designs are derived solely from his own imagination. Frank Gehry will forever be known as a pioneer in deconstructivism. "Liquid architecture. It's like jazz—you improvise, you work together, you play off each other, you make something, they make something. And I think it's a way of—for me, it's a way of trying to understand the city, and what might...
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