Frank Gehry Recants Earlier Rants, Goes Green


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In March we noted how Frank Gehry appeared to be a climate skeptic and was not fond of LEED; we followed up with coverage of the architectural bunfight his words started. But in a long interview with Abby Leonard of PBS's Need to Know, Frank recants, does a few mea culpas and clarifies his position:

Abigail Leonard: Were you surprised by the negative reactions to your comments about LEED?

Frank Gehry: Yes I was surprised. But I wasn't saying what they reported I said. I never said I was opposed to the LEED program or to green building -- I'm not.

Leonard: How important is it, in your view, to "build green"?

Gehry: I think [global warming] is a crisis, we're led to believe that by our scientists who seem to have a pretty good idea of what's going on, so we have to address it if we want to survive on this planet. Of course there are also some people making hay out of it and using the issue for financial gain, but green building is clearly something architects need to be concerned with.

And in conclusion, Frank turns out to be a bit of the heritage-as-template school:

Leonard: What do you think it will take to make a real, substantive change?

Gehry: Creativity and a will to do it. And a lot of it is common sense. I was in Peru and visited a building near Lima built by the Incas. It was low in height, with no windows at all, but all the way in the back there was air movement. And I couldn't figure out how they'd done it, it was incredible. So there's a lot of primitive stuff that's been done that doesn't require advanced technologies that we should focus on. And when we do focus on technology it should be with an aesthetic sensibility. And above all we need to take the issue seriously so that our clients and our partners in the construction industry become aware of the possibilities.

more at PBS need to Know.

Tags: Architects | Architecture | Green Building

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