110+ Frank Gehry Quotes On Architecture, Power And Innovative

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Top 10 Frank Gehry Quotes (BEST)

  1. Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.
  2. Time is just a blur for me. I don't know what - I don't even know where I am sometimes.
  3. I don't know why people hire architects and then tell them what to do.
  4. Your best work is your expression of yourself.
  5. Take what comes your way. Do the best with it. Be responsible as you can and something good will happen.
  6. You have to be optimistic. I still have doubts and conflicts, but the bottom line is, I believe in the future.
  7. The best advice I've received is to be yourself. The best artists do that.
  8. We don't see the banality, but we accept banality. We accept it as inevitable, and it's not.
  9. There is stuff I would have liked to have done. But there are no sour grapes.
  10. Those who say only artists and architects can create are the ones who are elitist.

Frank Gehry Image Quotes

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I don't know why people hire architects and then tell them what to do. — Frank Gehry

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Your best work is your expression of yourself. — Frank Gehry

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The best advice I've received is to be yourself. The best artists do that. — Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry Short Quotes

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  • Let the experience begin!
  • I like the idea of collaboration - it pushes you. It's a richer experience.
  • There is a backlash against me and everyone who has done buildings that have movement and feeling.
  • A new idea is obsolete in seconds, right? I just said it and now it's obsolete.
  • If I knew where I was going, I wouldn't do it. When I can predict or plan it, I don't do it.
  • Most of what's around us is banal. We live with it. We accept it as inevitable.
  • Ideas exist in the marketplace; they are thrown out for everyone to use.
  • There is an order to our environment, a broader order.
  • People ask me if I'm an artist or an architect. But I think they're the same.
  • I am just relating to the world we live in. I see some order in it, even though it looks like mush.

Frank Gehry Quotes On Architecture

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Architecture is a small piece of this human equation, but for those of us who practice it, we believe in its potential to make a difference, to enlighten and to enrich the human experience, to penetrate the barriers of misunderstandin g and provide a beautiful context for life's drama. — Frank Gehry

That's what you have to find in architecture. You have to find your signature. When you find it, you're the only expert on it. People can say they like it or don't like it. They can argue about it, but it's yours. — Frank Gehry

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 happen in the city. — Frank Gehry

I found myself starting architecture with a deep social, Jewish, liberal conscience, and the belief that architecture is for the people. It was a do-gooder base; I was born and raised that way. I was for blacks, whites, Italians, Poles, whatever. — Frank Gehry

The idealism [in architecture] is in the formal arrangement, the relationship to the city, the use of materials that are available to me. That's where I say our powers are limited. — Frank Gehry

The back of Saint Peter's is one of the finest pieces of architecture I've ever seen. — Frank Gehry

In the Renaissance there wasn't a distinction. Bernini was an artist and he made architecture, and Michelangelo also did some great architecture. — Frank Gehry

I am obsessed with architecture. It is true, I am restless, trying to find myself as an architect, and how best to contribute in this world filled with contradiction, disparity, and inequality, even passion and opportunity. — Frank Gehry

You see a lot of so-called architecture that part of the ego trip overpowers the functionality and the budget and all that stuff. — Frank Gehry

Generally in our world, whether in architecture or almost anywhere else, we devalue the artist, and schools at whatever level shut people down. — Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry Quotes On Work

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For me, every day is a new thing. I approach each project with a new insecurity, almost like the first project I ever did. And I get the sweats. I go in and start working, I'm not sure where I'm going. If I knew where I was going I wouldn't do it. — Frank Gehry

That's where you have to look for your inspiration. Don't separate the rest of your life - who you are, what you love - from your work. — Frank Gehry

Your work may be great and not make its way into the big picture... like Van Gogh... so who's to say what's good and bad? — Frank Gehry

I think the biggest problem with 'industrial' architecture is that it's lost its sense of humanity. Minimalist stuff drains all the humanity out of it. That idea works great for the money thing, but it doesn't work great for the feeling thing. — Frank Gehry

You have to do every detail on every bloody piece of the building. You have to know how the engineering works. You have to know how the fittings go together. You have to master the mechanical, electrical, acoustical - everything. — Frank Gehry

With computers we can work everything out from the beginning. — Frank Gehry

Some cultures tried to stop people from expressing themselves. In Mao's China, for example, the Communists tried to stop individual expression. For them the payoff was a society of equality. The problem of course is that it didn't work. — Frank Gehry

We live and work in boxes. People don't even notice that. — Frank Gehry

Architecture has always been a very idealistic profession. It's about making the world a better place and it works over the generations because people go on vacation and they look for it. — Frank Gehry

Well, I've always just - I've never really gone out looking for work. I always waited for it to sort of hit me on the head. — Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry Quotes On Start

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When people condemn me for designing iconic buildings in cities and not having an idea what a city is, they haven't done their homework. I started in urban design and city planning. It's just that when I got out of school there wasn't much of a market for that. There still isn't. — Frank Gehry

For me, every day is a new thing. I approach each project with a new insecurity, almost like the first project I ever did, and I get the sweats, I go in and start working, I'm not sure where I'm going. — Frank Gehry

That's why you go into architecture - at least I did - to do things for people. I think most of us are idealists. You start out that way, anyway. — Frank Gehry

When I start my class I ask the students to write their signatures on pieces of paper and put them on a table. I have them look at them, and I point out, "They're all different, aren't they? That's you, that's you, that's you, that's you." — Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry Quotes On Working

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We live and work in boxes. People don't even notice that. Most of what's around us is banal. We live with it. We accept it as inevitable. People say, "This is the world the way it is, and don't bother me." — Frank Gehry

The thing is, I hate the celebrity architect thing. I just do my work. — Frank Gehry

Your best work is your expression of yourself. Now, you may not be the greatest at it, but when you do it, you're the only expert. — Frank Gehry

I love working. I don't know what the word vacation means. — Frank Gehry

The whole can be greater than the sum of it's parts, that we all have something to put in the pie to make it better, and that the collaborative interaction works. — Frank Gehry

Not every person has the same kinds of talents, so you discover what yours are and work with them. — Frank Gehry

You've got to like the people you work with. — Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry Famous Quotes And Sayings

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Creativity is about play and a kind of willingness to go with your intuition. It's crucial to an artist. If you know where you are going and what you are going to do, why do it? I think I learned that from the artists, from my grandmother, from all the creative people I've spent time with over the years. — Frank Gehry

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I don't know why people hire architects and then tell them what to do. — Frank Gehry

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Your best work is your expression of yourself. — Frank Gehry

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The best advice I've received is to be yourself. The best artists do that. — Frank Gehry

And I realized, when I'd come in to the meetings with these corrugated metal and chain link stuff, and people would just look at me like I'd just landed from Mars. But I couldn't do anything else. That was my response to the people and the time. — Frank Gehry

If you're serious about being an architect, you've got to learn how to take responsibility. It's not fluff. You have to do every detail on every bloody piece of the building. You have to know how the engineering works. You have to know how the fittings go together. You have to master the mechanical, electrical, acoustical - everything. — Frank Gehry

We have always created - music, literature, art, dance. The art around us - or lack of it - may be a measure of how we're doing as individuals and as a civilization, so maybe we should be worried. — Frank Gehry

When you agree to collaborate, you agree to jump off a cliff holding hands with everyone, hoping the resourcefulness of each will insure that you all land on your feet. — Frank Gehry

Everything - design and technology and materials - has changed since the World Trade Center was built. A lot of it has to do with computers, which allow us to be far more efficient as well as structurally sound. — Frank Gehry

China is building cities for a 20 to 40 percent increase in population. India is quickly growing. The carbon footprints of that and other development around the world are overwhelming. — Frank Gehry

What I have learned about museum buildings is that buildings have to have iconic presentations. The position of the art museum vis-a-vis other civic buildings needs to be hierarchal in the community. It has to be equal to the library and the courthouse. — Frank Gehry

As much as we pretend otherwise, we want what's comfortable, and we're afraid of the different. We're afraid of change. — Frank Gehry

Just because you are an architect and make decent buildings does not mean that you can suddenly become a set designer for one of the best avant-garde dancers in the world. — Frank Gehry

The present is filled with flotsam and irony and chaos and disorder in all arenas, political and sociological. I think we have to work in the present even if it's awkward, even if it's not necessarily good, even if we don't understand it ourselves. You only find out 10, maybe 20 years later what was going on. — Frank Gehry

The rap on me on the street is the opposite - I'm impractical, I'm more expensive, it's too complicated and I run over budgets, which isn't true. None of that's true and there's plenty of documentation if anybody needs it. — Frank Gehry

One of my unsung heroes is Erich Mendelsohn. I met him when I was a student and he was a cranky old man and very unpleasant. But if you go to his Einstein Tower in Potsdam, Germany you see an enormous intellect at work with a language that was personal and new. It has a sense of urban design and of theater and procession I hadn't seen before. — Frank Gehry

It's a metaphor for what we're being told: "Just stay in the box, kid, don't muddy the water." Parents say it to their kids. Teachers say it. Schools do. And so people become immune to the sameness. — Frank Gehry

I hate the word starchitect. Stuff like that comes from mean-spirited, untalented journalists. It's demeaning. — Frank Gehry

I think my best skill as an architect is the achievement of hand-to-eye coordination. I am able to transfer a sketch into a model into the building. — Frank Gehry

I'm going to design the container and interior spaces. You bring your own stuff to it and make it your own. — Frank Gehry

You can't ignore history; you can't escape it even if you want to. You might as well know where you come from, and you might as well know that everything has been done in some shape or form. — Frank Gehry

Many people put a green button on their collar and feel good, just like a lot of people put an American flag on their lapels and feel patriotic. It's not enough.I'm not dismissing it. — Frank Gehry

When you were a kid, if you went to the Montreal Forum or a hockey game at Maple Leaf Gardens, which I did, there was a great feeling. The new stadiums don't have it. Why don't they have it? Building codes. — Frank Gehry

I'm of two minds about doing any interviews these days. It seems a lot of the world is out to play gotcha with me. I guess they always go after people these days. It's sport. — Frank Gehry

There are places that are so designed they're unlivable. — Frank Gehry

In the art world Robert Rauschenberg had been combining common materials that people thought was art and beautiful, and it was. If he could do that, I could emulate him. — Frank Gehry

You can look anywhere and find inspiration. — Frank Gehry

Art is about people. I think the discussion about whether architecture is art or not is lamebrain. — Frank Gehry

You have to build up a credibility before the support comes to you. — Frank Gehry

The message I hope to have sent is just the example of being yourself. I tell this to my students: It's not about copying me or my logic systems. It's about allowing yourself to be yourself. — Frank Gehry

There are a great many things about architecture that are hidden from the untrained eye. — Frank Gehry

Everybody's an artist. Unfortunately we don't treat them as such. — Frank Gehry

If the room is friendly to a relationship between lecturer and audience, you feel everything - the tension, the appreciation. I think the audience feels it too. — Frank Gehry

I think you've got to accept that certain things are in process that you can't change, that you can't overwhelm. The chaos of our cities, the randomness of our lives, the unpredictability of where you're going to be in ten years from now - all of those things are weighing on us, and yet there is a certain glimmer of control. If you act a certain way, and talk a certain way, you're going to draw certain forces to you. — Frank Gehry

It's not elitist to acknowledge that everyone has a unique signature and everyone is different. — Frank Gehry

When I was a child I could do math and art, so I had left- and right-brain capabilities. But I've seen my children, who are more right-brained, struggling. My son was told he wouldn't make it to college, but he dogged it through and ended up being accepted by 10 major art schools after the high school advisor said, "Please don't apply. You're going to be disappointed." That kid's an artist now. — Frank Gehry

It's not new that architecture can profoundly affect a place, sometimes transform it. — Frank Gehry

It should begin much earlier with arts education in the American school system, which is sadly deficient. — Frank Gehry

Man, there's another freedom out there, and it comes from somewhere else, and that somewhere else is the place I'm interested in. — Frank Gehry

People say, "This is the world the way it is, and don't bother me." Then when somebody does something different, real architecture, the push-back is amazing. People resist it. At first it's new and scary. — Frank Gehry

In an ideal world, pressure should come from below and from the top. — Frank Gehry

In Tokyo, London or Los Angeles people go into McDonald's and the restaurants are identical and people are comfortable. It's unthreatening. — Frank Gehry

Generally people are more impressed with the services and the comfort issues than the design. — Frank Gehry

The culture of France is unique because it's a culture that has a high priority on the arts, more than any other place in the world in our time since Greece. So as a practicing artist, if you will, this is home ground. They love us, so music, literature, art continues to be the center. — Frank Gehry

In the end, the character of a civilization is encased in its structures. — Frank Gehry

My father always told me that I was going to be a failure - I think he was more talking about himself, but I didn't know it at the time. — Frank Gehry

For me, every day is a new thing. — Frank Gehry

We should celebrate variety rather than conformity and allow people to express themselves. That we don't is more of our denial. — Frank Gehry

Picasso could use everyone's paintings and transform them into his own. He was using ideas from all of his contemporaries. — Frank Gehry

If you're serious about being an architect, you've got to learn how to take responsibility. — Frank Gehry

People are searching for something they don't have in their lives. There's an unfulfilled need. — Frank Gehry

The safety requirements, which are necessary, spread everything out and push people farther and farther away from the stage and from each other. — Frank Gehry

Ninety percent of the buildings we live in and around aren't architecture. No, that's not right - 98 percent. — Frank Gehry

Computers allow architects to remain parental instead of being marginalized by the contractors and managers. — Frank Gehry

Artists dismiss me as an architect, so I'm not in their box, and architects dismiss me as an artist, so I'm not in their box. — Frank Gehry

I'm preprogrammed emotionally and intellectually not to go down blind alleys. I don't waste the time. I automatically edit out whatever's impractical. — Frank Gehry

I found the material that people hated the most and used the most. So, I was going and try and see if I could play with it sculpturally. — Frank Gehry

If you know where it's going, it's not worth doing. — Frank Gehry

Erich Mendelsohn's drawings are expressive and beautiful. If he'd had the computers we have now, everything I've done he would have done before me. I would have had to figure out something else. — Frank Gehry

I'm a do-gooder liberal. — Frank Gehry

We're physiologically wired differently. — Frank Gehry

I've been told I have the biggest ego in the world and that it manifests itself when you come to me and say, 'I don't like this' or 'I want a change'... and that I relish that because my ego's so big I think I can solve whatever you throw at me and make it even better. I enjoy the interaction and the challenge. — Frank Gehry

I don't know whose box I'm in, and I don't really care. — Frank Gehry

The architect Borromini's Quattro Fontane, a little church in Rome, is one of the most beautiful rooms in history. — Frank Gehry

Democracy is a problem and we don't want to get rid of it. — Frank Gehry

I didn't have any interest in doing rich people's homes. I still don't. — Frank Gehry

Life Lessons by Frank Gehry

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  1. Frank Gehry has taught us to be brave and to take risks in order to create something truly unique and innovative. He has shown us that it is possible to break away from traditional design conventions and create something that stands out from the crowd.
  2. He has also taught us the importance of being persistent and never giving up, even when faced with adversity and criticism. He has shown us that it is possible to overcome obstacles and create something truly remarkable.
  3. Finally, he has demonstrated the power of collaboration and how working together with others can bring out the best in us and in our work. He has shown us that it is possible to create something truly special when we come together and share our ideas.

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