Architect Frank Gehry Expresses Disdain for Green Building Design
Green building practices are apparently not a concern to Frank Gehry, the architect who designed such famous buildings as the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. At the opening of the Pritzker Pavilion from the Art Institute of Chicago last week, he was quite candid when asked about the role of green architecture in global warming. "I think the issue is finally a political one," he replied. Gehry explained that the rating systems used by LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) contain a lot of superficial requirements -- like bike racks -- stating bluntly that "a lot of LEED is given for bogus stuff."
Gehry went on to explain that the cost of meeting LEED green building standards are "enormous" and that "they don't pay back in your lifetime."
Even though architects such as Lord Norman Foster have designed impressive structures like the Swiss Re London headquarters that have passive heating and cooling features, Gehry made it clear that such criteria are not considerations in the architectural plans that he creates on a computer program used to design airplanes. So basically, Frank Gehry believes green building is bogus. Do you think many traditional architects would agree with him?