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December 23, 2009
Gehry to design theater An independent theater company that had once planned to move to ground zero will get a new home designed by famed architect Frank Gehry in New York City's theater district. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday that the city would contribute $25 million toward the $60-million Signature Theatre. The theater is known for devoting an entire season to the work of a single playwright. It was one of four groups that were to have anchored a performance space at the World Trade Center site.
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April 24, 2014 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
Hans Hollein, the Austrian architect who died Thursday at 80, was one of a small number of architects who set a loose framework for what would become postmodern architecture, with its focus on humor, irony, eclecticism and freewheeling historical quotation. In 1976 Hollein designed a local project that would dramatically raise his profile: a whimsical branch of the Austrian Travel Bureau, which the architect filled with brass palm trees and the faux ruins of Greek columns. The project helped Hollein gain both bigger projects and international notice.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 1997
Re "Disney Family Acts to Keep Gehry on Project," July 31: I have been a subscriber and supporter of Los Angeles opera, symphony and theater for several years and have followed with interest the financial woes of the proposed Walt Disney Concert Hall. Based on the delays, I was hoping that the Frank Gehry design would be abandoned for a more traditional design. While Gehry's "unique, undulating design" may be considered by some to be an architectural masterpiece, I consider it a bad joke on the people of Los Angeles.
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April 4, 2014 | By David Ng
Architect Frank Gehry's design for the long-in-the-works Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial in Washington was dealt a serious setback on Thursday when a federal commission voted to reject the controversial design. The National Capital Planning Commission said that it disapproves of the current design by Gehry, singling out the design's call for large, metal tapestries and the effect that those tapestries would have on the view to and from Capitol Hill.  The commission, which voted 7-3 to reject the design, also requested that the memorial's backers revise the design to better accommodate pedestrian traffic, public lighting and other factors.
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September 6, 2012 | By David Ng
Architect Frank Gehry has made a new donation to the Southern California Institute of Architecture, and as a result, the school is naming a new prize after him. SCI-Arc announced Wednesday that Gehry, a trustee of the school since 1990, and his wife, Berta, have made a $100,000 donation. The money will go toward the establishment of the Gehry Prize, which the school said will be awarded annually to the best thesis projects in the Graduate Thesis Weekend, in September. The first Gehry Prize will be awarded at the 2012 graduation ceremony on Sept.
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October 1, 2012 | By David Ng
Frank Gehry was in his hometown of Toronto on Monday to reveal his conceptual designs for a multiyear transformation of the city's downtown arts and entertainment district. The architect is teaming with Canadian theater producer David Mirvish, whose sizable art collection will receive a new home as part of the massive endeavor. The mixed-used project will include three high-rise residential towers soaring from 80 to 85 stories and a new facility for the Ontario College of Art & Design University.
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March 4, 2013 | By David Ng
Frank Gehry is designing a new 22-story tower that developers want to build in downtown Santa Monica, near the intersection of Ocean Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard, according to the official website for the project. The structure will feature space for a hotel and condominiums, as well as restaurant and retail space. The Ocean Avenue project, which was first reported by the Santa Monica Daily Press, represents the first architectural initiative by Gehry in Santa Monica in more than two decades.
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May 30, 2012 | By David Ng
The design of the proposed Eisenhower Memorial in Washington has been a long, contentious process, and it doesn't appear to be ending any time soon. On Wednesday, the Eisenhower family issued a statement saying they cannot support architect Frank Gehry's revised design due to their objections to the proposed use of large metal scrims. The scrims, which would serve as a backdrop for the memorial, are "impractical and unnecessary for the conceptual narrative," the family said in the statement . They said the scrims are the most expensive aspect of the design and pose potential maintenance and environmental issues.
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April 23, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Frank Gehry has another academic credit coming: The renowned architect in May will receive an honorary doctorate from Case Western Reserve University.  The commencement marks the 10-year anniversary of the curvaceous - and controversial - business school Gehry designed for the campus. Peter B. Lewis, who donated $36 million to finance the building that bears his name, will also receive an honorary degree and serve as commencement speaker. PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures by The Times The building, which features Gehry's tumbling stainless-steel curves, in 2003 caused a schism between Lewis and his hometown.
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July 16, 2012 | By David Ng
Brad Pitt enlisted architect Frank Gehry as one of the designers for his Make It Right Foundation, an initiative to build new homes in New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward following the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. This weekend, the foundation released photographs of Gehry's contribution to the project. Gehry is one of 21 architects who are contributing their talent to Pitt's project. Among the other architects are a few prominent L.A. names -- Hitoshi Abe, Thom Mayne and Pugh + Scarpa.  The foundation is aiming to build 150 houses for people affected by the hurricane.
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February 28, 2014 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
Dressed in corduroy pants, slip-on black shoes and a windbreaker, Frank Gehry strolled through a tiny universe of thread and painted metal mobiles. Light, curves and shadows; all clutter stripped away. The shapes floated in silence and the architect, who knows something of graceful sketches and clean designs, smiled, as if in the artist's vision he had found a kindred whisper. "He kind of worked intuitively," Gehry, 84, who possesses the air of a small-town hardware salesman, said of Alexander Calder.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
Los Angeles County supervisors gave their blessing Tuesday to a reimagined design for a proposed mix of high-end apartments, businesses and public space across from Walt Disney Concert Hall. The $750-million plan to redevelop that portion of downtown's Grand Avenue nearly screeched to a halt in September, when a panel of city and county representatives overseeing the project rejected the design presented by developer Related Cos. Supervisor Gloria Molina criticized the proposal's "boxiness" and lack of appeal to pedestrians, and county Chief Executive William T Fujioka, who also sits on the Grand Avenue Authority, said he was "very, very disappointed" with it. The authority gave Related a four-month extension to return with an acceptable design.
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December 2, 2013 | By David Ng
With numerous high-profile projects already in various stages of design, including Facebook headquarters, Los Angeles' Grand Avenue and the President Eisenhower memorial in Washington, architect Frank Gehry has signed on to create a new performance space named for conductor Gustavo Dudamel in Venezuela. Gehry, who designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, has been hired to envision a new facility that will include a concert hall, rehearsal studios and educational space, according to Dudamel's London manager.
OPINION
November 30, 2013
Re "Gehry's Grand vision," Nov. 25 Finally, finally, perhaps the most interesting piece of undeveloped corner real estate in Los Angeles has a worthy project proposed. It took guts on L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina's part to stand up and demand something better for the site, fighting all the pressure to get a lesser project built. Bunker Hill, where I live, is a jewel in downtown, a hill of public art, museums, overhead pedways (walkways) and green spaces, all there because the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency made it a "planned" area of development.
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November 25, 2013 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
Frank Gehry and Related Cos. have kissed and made up. Now we'll see if city and county officials bless the reconciliation. After soliciting plans from other architects in recent months, Related has put Gehry back in charge of the design team for a $650-million retail, hotel and residential complex on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. On Monday the New York-based developer will submit a new proposal by Gehry's firm to the committee overseeing the project. Gehry's design is significantly more exuberant and suggestive of L.A. culture than designs for the site by the firms Gensler and Robert A.M. Stern Architects, which Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina, chair of the committee, blasted in September as bland and uninspired.
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November 24, 2013 | Times staff and wire services
Peter Lewis, who helped build Progressive Corp. into one of the largest auto insurers in the country and later became the billionaire backer of marijuana legalization, died Saturday. He was 80. Philanthropic advisor Jennifer Frutchy said Lewis died at his home in Coconut Grove, Fla. In 1965, Lewis became CEO of Cleveland-based Progressive, a company that succeeded a small operation co-founded by his father in 1937. Lewis held the post for 35 years and was Progressive's chairman at his death.
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May 16, 2012 | By David Ng
New changes to the contentious design for the Eisenhower Memorial were publicly unveiled on Tuesday at a session in Washington. Architect Frank Gehry made the adjustments following complaints by members of the Eisenhower family that the design put too much emphasis on the former president's upbringing in Kansas and not enough on his accomplishments as a military and political leader. Among the notable changes are the addition of statues depicting Eisenhower, which would replace stone relief images, according to reports . The statues show Eisenhower as a military commander during World War II and as president.
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November 20, 2013 | By David Ng
Diane Disney Miller, who died on Tuesday at 79, was famous for being the elder daughter of Walt Disney. In Los Angeles, she was also known as a formidable cultural presence who played a crucial role in the creation of Walt Disney Concert Hall. Miller died in Napa Calif., following a fall in September. Earlier that month, she spoke to the Los Angeles Times on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Disney Hall. The concert venue, designed by architect Frank Gehry, was funded with an initial $50-million gift from her mother, Lillian Disney.
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November 19, 2013 | By David Colker
Diane Disney Miller, daughter of Walt Disney and a philanthropist who bucked powers-that-be in Los Angeles to keep architect Frank Gehry on the job during a crucial phase of planning the city's new concert hall, has died. She was 79. Miller died Tuesday at her home in Napa, Calif., from complications of a fall in September, according to close family friend Richard Greene, who co-wrote a biography of her father. A resident of Napa and San Francisco since the mid-1980s, she chaired a Los Angeles gala in September commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Walt Disney Concert Hall's debut.
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