Sure, you can say his designs look "cool". What people don't realize is how wasteful and costly his designs are. There is a reason his designs are "innovative" and "unique" - because no one in their right mind or with a conscience would create such excessive monstrosities. I watched in dismay and disgust at the construction of his Walt Disney Concert Hall from my office window here in downtown LA. It sat for 3-4 years as an empty lot because they ran out of money before a single beam of the Hall was constructed. The city and County of LA had already blown too much money on it so they had to ask around (again!) for more private money to finish. It eventually came in costing almost $300 million and about $174 million over-budget, and this figure does NOT include the original extras for such design and construction, a re-design, and does not include the unanticipated extra maintenance and repairs needed for water leakage, drainage, and fixing the reflection, heat and light problems encountered. On a sunny day I could get a sunburn standing no more than 5 minutes in front of it. I'm serious. And one pair of sunglasses is not enough. One of the most rudimentary elements of architectural design is to plan and design for heat and light gain, especially in a dense urban environment, and they couldn't even get THAT right. If you lived in an apartment to the west or south of Disney Hall, your AC bills tripled due to the heat gain. Drivers were temporarily blinded, especially going by the concave sections which were basically parabolic mirrors. Any 10 year old who's used a magnifying glass and/or handheld mirror can figure this out. It was funny watching the tourists trying to find a good spot to snap a photo of the bldg, walking with one arm over their face to prevent from being temporarily blinded. To alleviate this problem Gehry's associates had to come back and intentionally dull the surfaces. Embarassing.
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