'Lillian Disney loved flowers and gardens.
I don't think she understood the form of the building. She liked to bring me pictures of little brick cottages with thatched roofs and little ducky ponds and hoped that I'd incorporate these in my designs' Frank Gehry on his Walt Disney Concert Hall, LA.
'This is the way to an architecture of diminishing returns, in which every sensational new building must attempt to eclipse the last one. It leads to a kind of hyperinflation, the architectural equivalent of the Weimar Republic's debauching of its currency' Deyan Sudjic on attempting to build 'icons'. Observer, 26.10.03
'Few buildings in the history of LA have been burdened with greater expectations. None has lived up to expectations so gracefully' Nicolai Ouroussoff on the opening of Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall. Los Angeles Times, 19.10.03
'In England it used to be that if you wanted to do something a bit modern, you were a subversive.
Now you are in trouble if all you want to do is make calm buildings, these days you can't be dramatic enough' David Chipperfield. Observer, 26.10.03