Architecture To Watch In 2013: Part 1
January 2, 2013
Frank Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial
One of the top controversies of 2012, the on-going feud between Frank Gehry and the National Civic Arts Society/Eisenhower family promises to get uglier in 2013. The latter continues to argue that Gehry’s design, with its 80-foot-high woven metal tapestries, is insensitive to the memory of the 34th President and unfit to join the ranks of the capital’s marble monuments (see this collage the NCAS put out in 2011). The group has also consistently questioned the methods by which the famed architect was chosen, saying that the decision process was “secretive” and purposefully obscured. For his part, Gehry has made modifications to his plans in response to the reservations of the NCAS and the Eisenhower family tag-team, translating reliefs depicting scenes of Eisenhower’s life into sculptures and rearranging various aspects of the plan. Approval of the plan was delayed from November to 2013.
Image: Gehry Partners