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Symphony: Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall Hardcover – November 11, 2003
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Webb is a regular contributor to The Architectural Review, Contract, Frame, Interiors, Mark and The Plan, and has written extensively for Architectural Digest, Domus and The New York Times, among other publications. His reviews appear on formmag.net and in The Architects Newspaper. He is currently preparing a survey of innovative housing solutions and another book on restoring classic modern houses.
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Beautifully illustrated, this takes us from the origin of Gehry's idea, the various sketches, renderings and models, the ground breaking ceremonies, then the gradual rising of the skeleton of the support system to the wrapping of the sculpture in various glazes of steel and glass, to the finished product. Each stage is extraordinary, mesmerizing, detailed and edifying.
Accompanying the work in progress are essays and commentary by acoustician Minoru Nagata, urban specialist Carol McMichael Reese, Frank Gehry, Deborah Borda and Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and enhance the majestic photography by Grant Mudford.
But as with all descriptive books, all written and photographic comments, the truth is in the final result: the quality of sound and spiritual experience of live orchestral and choral music in the hall is paramount. And it is now, after two seasons and beginning its third that the proof is in the hearing. This is one of the most acoustically perfect places to experience music in the world. Composers (including Salonen in 'Wing on Wing') continue to be inspired to write commissioned works that reveal ever more extensive attributes of the space.Read more ›