Frank Gehry, the resident angry old man of the architecture world (according to a definition known), take pen and paper and wrote an op-ed on the Chicago Tribune in support of the project widely criticized (see the project). Chooses the Chicago Tribune because he wants to talk to the chicagoans, referring to the great contribution made by the city architectural innovation.
“Chicago is a great city for architecture and has historically supported innovative, forward-looking work” says the architect. “The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, the Eiffel Tower in Paris and even the Monadnock Building in Chicago had many early critics”.
“The work presented for the Lucas Museum has precedent. It’s not just out of the blue; it is something that has been in the air for many years. The use of rooftops as public space has precedent in the Malmo Concert Hall in Sweden by Snohetta.”
“It is one of the first great examples, and I think it has proved very successful. Zaha Hadid has used flowing forms in many of her projects to great effect. If we go even further back, Eric Mendelsohn was using organic forms to create his masterpieces such as the Einstein Tower in Germany.”
“I would hope that the people of Chicago take the proper time to review the Lucas Museum. I also hope that they will give the client and the architects sufficient time to develop the project — to work with the city and the public to evolve the design. Please do not dismiss it because it doesn’t look like something you’ve never seen before”. Source by Chicago Tribune.