Grand, Yes, but Public Expects More
By Christopher Hawthorne, Times Staff Writer
April 24, 2006
http://www.latimes.com/When the New York developer Related Cos. hired Frank Gehry to design the $750-million first phase of its huge mixed-use project along Grand Avenue, directly across from Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall, the deal immediately raised eyebrows — and more than a few architectural questions.
Would Related, which usually works with corporate firms on high-end developments, pull Gehry in the direction of sleek, well-behaved commercialism? Would Gehry drag Related toward the exuberant, democratic spirit of his iconic cultural buildings?