Renowned architect Frank Gehry will speak as part of the Pratt Institute School of Architecture’s fall 2010 lecture and events series at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, November 10, 2010, in Memorial Hall Auditorium on Pratt’s Brooklyn Campus. The event is free and open to the public. Seating priority will be given to Pratt students and faculty members with valid ID at 2:30 p.m. Members of the public will be admitted at 2:50 p.m. should seating be available. Read on for more information after the break.
Gehry will be speaking with Julie Lovine, executive editor of The Architect’s Newspaper, and Yael Reisner, author of “Architecture and Beauty: Conversations with Architects about a Troubled Relationship” (Wiley, 2010), which is based on 16 interviews Reisner conducted with the world’s creative designers, including Gehry, on their beliefs, experiences, and position on aesthetics. The 16 designers discuss their formative experiences, creative processes and motivations, and whether they think that beauty is integral or nonessential to architecture. Gehry is well known for the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao; Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles; and the “Dancing House” building, Prague. He received the Pritzker Prize, the world’s most prestigious architecture award, in 1989. His most recent work include the Barclays Center sports arena in Brooklyn; 8 Spruce Street, a 76-story skyscraper in New York; a concert hall for the New World Symphony in Miami Beach; and another branch of the Guggenheim Museum in Abu Dhabi along with the massive Grand Street project, a plan to entirely remake the thoroughfare leading from Los Angeles City Hall to Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall. Frank Gehry has been involved in a number of projects outside of the realm of architecture, including the Wyborovka Vodka bottle, a wristwatch for Fossil, jewelry for Tiffany & Co., and the World Cup of Hockey trophy. His life and work have been documented in a feature-length film, “Sketches of Frank Gehry,” by director Sydney Pollack. Gehry established his practice in Los Angeles in 1962. The Gehry partnership, Gehry Partners, LLP., was formed in 2001 and currently supports a staff of over 120 people. Seen at Bustler Pratt Institute Memorial Hall Auditorium 200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn 718.399.4304 Subway: G to Clinton Washington