Christian Long

Frank Gehry: Then What?

In TED Talks on May 23, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Reflection by JONATHON M.

Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:

Frank Gehry:  Then What?

The discussion about the power of failure is a very interesting subject.

Frank starts out talking about his first chemistry set where he made water, he made a hydrogen generator, and an oxygen generator. Of course to make sure the water was realy water he lit a match and threw it in their assuming nothing would happen he turned his back from it and it exploded and people came to his door to see if he was ok. Frank tells us that he does not actualy look for work but rather he is found by it or just waits for it to come to him because if he tries to find it he feels as if he’s forcing fate or a decision by the people to chose him.

The way he got his start was when he and his wife bought a plot of land in Santa Monica for 50000 dollars and just added on to the original shack like structure and had his first taste of succes in the field of architecture. After building his house a major investor went by and thought that his house was simply a masterpiece and wanted to hire him out for some building, of course with no building experience he had many failures at first but then made one of the most beautiful buildings ever. He started with Spanish styling and tile and moved upwards eventually building the symphony hall in california. He says he would have never had that great of a succes without equal failures he had a stretch where he did not design any buildings and was sortof in a low spot but kept waiting and working and eventually had a flood of oppurtunities that brought him into major Architecture.

Frank Gehry although had a large dose of failure ended up being one of the most succesful Architects ever and is literally a living legend.


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