Will Gehry's Architecture Overshadow L.A.'s Premier Commercial Project?

Frank Gehry is designing a skyscraper for Related's Grand Avenue project in downtown Los Angeles. Critics are concerned his work will be a modernist monstrosity in the middle of a walkable downtown.
November 1, 2005, 7am PST | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"...Grand Avenue is downtown's -- and, indeed, L.A.'s -- pre-eminent commercial project in the making.

So why should anyone think twice about the Grand Avenue developer Related Companies' choice of architectural fountainhead Frank Gehry to design a high-rise building as part of its scheme for the site?

...As difficult as it is to believe, however, there are serious concerns about whether Gehry is an appropriate choice. Influential critics are not only raising questions about the direction Gehry’s recent work has taken, but also they hint that his idiosyncratic style could overwhelm a potentially great project."

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Published on Monday, October 31, 2005 in The Slatin Report
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