Daring & Inspirational Architecture Around the World

by Edward Goldman
Huffingtonpost, June 2, 2015

Image: (L) Frank Gehry, courtesy of the Getty Museum. (R) Frank Gehry's Fondation Louis Vuitton, photo by Edward Goldman

(Image: (L) Frank Gehry, courtesy of the Getty Museum. (R) Frank Gehry’s Fondation Louis Vuitton, photo by Edward Goldman)

In today’s world of art and architecture, there is one name that unquestionably tops the list of greats, and that would be, who else? — of course — the one and only Frank Gehry. A few weeks ago, upon returning from my trip to Paris, I raved about his latest project there, the Fondation Louis Vuitton. Great architect, as we’ve known him for years, the 86-year-young Frank Gehry — with this spectacular, architectural glass fantasy in Boulogne Forest — has certainly earned the rare honor of being called… a Genius. So, when a few days ago the J. Paul Getty Trust announced that Frank Gehry will be awarded the third annual Getty Medal, I was delighted to hear this news. To quote Getty Trust President James Cuno: “[Gehry] effectively reinvented architecture with his use of new technologies in the design of beautiful and iconic buildings. And architecture will never be the same as a result.”

The front page of Monday’s LA Times announced another exciting architectural development in the very heart of our City of Angels. The old historic bridge — a “nostalgic wreck” that connects downtown to Boyle Heights — will be demolished and replaced with the Sixth Street Viaduct, a futuristic structure consisting of 10 concrete arches that rise and fall on both sides of the bridge. Looking at the model by the design team of Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc., it’s impossible not to be impressed by this airborne structure, which will undoubtedly bring a new energy to the city when it is completed in 2019. Read more…

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