For those who read Playboy for the articles, the January issue, on newsstands today, has quite the doozy: An interview with the Notorious F.O.G. himself. The magazine's PG-13 website has some excerpts from the interview, and in one, Franktastic once again trashes the notion of starchitecture:
"The thing is, I hate the celebrity architect thing. I just do my work. The press comes up with this stuff and it sticks. I hate the word starchitect. Stuff like that comes from mean-spirited, untalented journalists. It's demeaning. It's derisive, and once it's said, it sticks. I get introduced all the time, 'Here's starchitect Frank Gehry?' My reaction: 'What the fuck are you talking about?'" Earmuffs, children, earmuffs! Gehry also chatted about another theme he's been obsessed with lately: His Beekman Tower as an expression of the male ding-a-ling:
On the perpetual race to build the world’s tallest buildings: "Yes, the race continues in a way. My tallest is the Beekman in New York; it's being finished now. The client said that at 76 stories it is the tallest apartment building in New York, and I said, 'Why don’t we make it two stories shorter so it's not, because if Trump hears that, he'll try to beat it, and I don't want to bother him.' Already somebody's doing a taller one. It's a hilarious thing about erections?" It's not hilarious to The Donald, that's for sure. Anyway, looks like we'll have to buy the actual magazine to see Gehry's centerfold spread.
· Frank Gehry: Playboy Interview [Playboy]
· Frank Gehry coverage [Curbed]