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Frank Gehry Slams Sustainability, Criticizes LEED
Frank Gehry is probably the most well-known living architect in the world, and because he is in such a spotlight, we would hope he would make the most of his role-model status and call attention to what we feel is one of the most pressing issues facing contemporary society: the state of the environment. Unfortunately, it seems that environmental concerns are a hard sell for this provocative & controversial architect. In a public appearance on April 6th, Frank Gehry criticized LEED certification, saying it is it is awarded for ‘bogus stuff’ and that climate change and sustainable design are “political” issues. So was Gehry stating that he opposes sustainable design flat out? Or does he have a problem with the fetishization of LEED ratings and the self-righteousness of a certain element of the environmental movement?
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