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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  45 ratings  ·  6 reviews
An unprecedented, intimate, and richly illustrated portrait of Frank Gehry, one of the world’s most influential architects. Drawing on the most candid, revealing, and entertaining conversations she has had with Gehry over the last twenty years, Barbara Isenberg provides new and fascinating insights into the man and his work.

Gehry’s subjects range from his childhood—when he...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 21st 2009 by Knopf
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I am not a big Frank Gehry fan although I do believe he is a significant and immensely talented figure - so forgive my somewhat jaded view of this book. The book is a series of conversations assembled around specific themes (interesting) but mostly his massive projects (boring and anecdotal) undertaken by Gehry over the past forty years. He has had an interesting life and has a very creative and fluid way of working which is most engaging and which is well expressed in the text. A current critiq...more
David M.
I liked the format of this book. It was the first that I've read that was based on an interview format, and it works quite wonderfully for peering into the mind of an architect. The book covers a surprising range of topics that helped shape Gehry and his varied career, including some personally raw and painful things. I found myself putting the book down not because I was bored with it, but that I was inspired and really wanted to go design something.

I recommend the book.
Fascinating. The Missus and I heard him speak a couple years ago, and my interest was piqued.
I received this book as a gift at Christmas, and was pleased with it. A fascinating man, and thorugh the conversations we get a look at the processes involved when Gehry develops a plan for a building.
Recommended for architecture fans.
Nancy Maclean Davidson
Absolutely adored this book. At times, I wished Isenberg followed up with her questions (less P.R., more nitty gritty), but Gehry's ramblings and drawings made it all worthwhile.... Candy!
You can hear both Frank Gehry and Barbara Isenberg speak on the Live at the NYPL podcast
Tremendous talent...if you have any interest in architecture read this
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BARBARA ISENBERG, author of Tradition!, is an award winning journalist who has been writing and lecturing about theater for over three decades. She is the author of Making It Big: The Diary of a Broadway Musical, State of the Arts: California Artists Talk About Their Work and Conversations with Frank Gehry. Her work has appeared in the LA Times, the Wall Street Journal, Time, Esquire, The Huffingt...more
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