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Frank Gehry Slams Sustainability, Criticizes LEED

Posted By Jill Fehrenbacher On May 12, 2010 @ 11:13 am In Architecture,Green Building | 2 Comments

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Frank Gehry [1] 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 [2]. In a public appearance on April 6th, Frank Gehry criticized LEED certification [3], saying it is it is awarded for ‘bogus stuff’ and that climate change and sustainable design are “political” issues. So was Gehry [1] stating that he opposes sustainable design flat out? Or does he have a problem with the fetishization of LEED ratings [3] and the self-righteousness of a certain element of the environmental movement?


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[1] Frank Gehry: http://inhabitat.com/2010/05/11/frank-gehry-calls-sustainable-design-political/

[2] provocative & controversial architect: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/04/01/the-new-gehry-residence/

[3] LEED certification: http://inhabitat.com/2005/05/03/what-is-leed/

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