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"A superbly designed volume" John Wilson Christianity Today "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 "This massive book is clearly a must for every serious student of architecture." The Globe and Mail "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

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Mark Rappolt is a freelance writer, Senior Editor of Contemporary magazine, and former editor of AA Files, the journal of the Architectural Association in London. Robert Violette is a publisher and editor based in London.

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Outstanding presentation! 31 May 2005
By Ping Lim - Published on
Format: Hardcover
As a Gehry fan, I have been rummaging through many books that are written about him and his projects. The problem about that is those architectural books can't simply keep up with his prolific efforts in creating masterpieces at different corners of the world. However, the solution is nigh! Rather than bombarding us with all Gehry's projects, it concentrates mainly on a few projects that meant something to Gehry and his team (built and unbuilt). The book is kept very simple. Pages and pages of "noodle" scribbles done by Gehry on a hotel pad or even on a note paid are complemented by Gehry (when needed)'s comment and also by his team's. At times, the scribbles are understood but at times, the scribbles are verging towards abstract arts. If we are shrugging our shoulder, we should feel for the design team that would need to interpret Gehry's works into a form that is legible for construction purpose. It also confirms what Gehry enthusiasts have known all along, Gehry thrives on conceptual designs and he's a big fan of using long hand to derive his inspiration consciously and subconsciously. You can say that this book is a Gehry thinking aloud book and truthfully, I enjoy every moment flapping through this breath-taking book which is printed on thick quality paper. It is not a mean feat that the book is printed and bound in Slovenia. A definite collectible for a Gehry enthusiast or even an architectural enthusiast. It's not a book to get a finite answer of how a genius thinks but a book that might just inspire us to think outside the square for a change. Here, I dedicate this proverb to all of you: let's not follow the foot steps of the old but seek for what they sought. Highly recommended.
the master at work 5 Jun. 2013
By cteno4 - Published on
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wonderful to see some of gehry's imagination at work. I am convinced his mind works in more than 3 dimensions and what we see is the projection of that back into 3 dimensions. in an age of computer aided design its wonderful to the the pinnacle of design that requires computer aided design to eventually make happen come from ideas sussed out by simple scribbles and his famous wadded up bits of paper! So many younger architects can draw and refuse to do any scribbling on paper (i know i have worked with them) and have to go directly to CAD. they loose such an important step in the imagination and event he physical act of the pencil on the paper they start off three steps behind and just slip further back relying on the CAD to start. Its shameful to see the product of this sort of design. Learn from the master!
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Gehry Draws 31 July 2005
By Eric A. Boettger - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The book is not filled with drawings. It's filled with meaningless doodles. Had I been able to see inside, as I would in a physical bookstore, I would not have bought the book.
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