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Gehry Draws
     

Gehry Draws

by Mark Rappolt, Robert Violette, Horst Bredekamp
 

Everyone knows what the distinctive curves and lines of Frank Gehry's buildings look like. But where do they come from? Gehry has described drawing as his way of "thinking aloud"; Gehry Draws traces that thinking through 32 major projects (both built and unbuilt) with more than 500 drawings (many of which have never before been published) and more than 400

Overview

Everyone knows what the distinctive curves and lines of Frank Gehry's buildings look like. But where do they come from? Gehry has described drawing as his way of "thinking aloud"; Gehry Draws traces that thinking through 32 major projects (both built and unbuilt) with more than 500 drawings (many of which have never before been published) and more than 400 additional illustrations — providing a privileged view of the creative practice of a master architect. Horst Bredekamp's introduction relates Gehry's drawing methods to the concept of "disegno," as practiced by Leonardo and Durer — not only the act of drawing and modeling but also the dynamics of creative thinking — and shows how Gehry thinks through the curving movements of his hand on paper. Gehry himself describes for Bredekamp his method in several explanatory sketches, and Bredekamp applies this to a study of drawings made for specific Gehry commissions.Gehry Draws is produced in collaboration with Frank Gehry and his team at Gehry Partners. Project synopses and commentary by Gehry and two of his Partners and Project Designers, Edwin Chan and Craig Webb, guide us through the full range of Gehry production, from the small details of furniture design to such large-scale undertakings as the Disney Concert Hall and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. The drawings, illustrations, and text in Gehry Draws definitively place drawing at the heart of Frank Gehry's creative process.This book is published by The MIT Press in association with Violette Editions.

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"A superbly designed volume" John Wilson Christianity Today

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262182416
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
12/01/2004
Pages:
544
Product dimensions:
9.75(w) x 7.37(h) x 2.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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"A superbly designed volume" John Wilson Christianity Today

The MIT Press

"In an era when computers have a big impact on the design of buildings, it is refreshing to see how important old-fashioned pen-on-paper drawings have been to the creative process of Gehry, one of the most important contemporary architects of our time." Library Journal

The MIT Press

"This massive book is clearly a must for every serious student of architecture." The Globe and Mail

The MIT Press

"This terrific book can hardly be called a set of sketches. It brings together drawings architect Gehry has done for 29 recent projects; to look at them in series is to watch a genius think out loud, so close does the link between thought and line seem here" Publishers Weekly

The MIT Press

Meet the Author

Horst Bredekamp is Professor of Art History at the University of Humboldt-University of Berlin and a Permanent Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin.

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