Frank Gehry forms IT alliance with Hadid, van Berkel and SOM
Group looks to reduce waste and delays on jobs
The IT arm of US architect Frank Gehry has teamed up with a host of big names including Zaha Hadid, SOM and Ben van Berkle to help architects avoid delays on building projects.
Gehry said the group represented a new kind of professonal orgainsation for the 21st century which would help transform the building industry.
It will examine issues including waste reduction and delays on construction projects and attempt to solve them by working with Gehry Technologies to develop new IT solutions. Gehry hopes the solutions they create will then be rolled out across the sector and give architects more control.
“The building industry has been slowly but steadily moving toward minimising individual responsibility and away from producing architecture that solves clients’ and communities’ problems,” said Gehry.
“I am dedicated to giving architects better control of the process so they can deliver the fruits of their imagination, which is what our clients expect. I have gathered a group together who believe in this mission as much as I do and who can help me find the solutions that will ultimately lead to better buildings.”
The group includes Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher, who have been at the forefront of the parametric design movement, Coop Himmelblau co-founder Wolf D Prix, UN Studio co-founder Ben van Berkel, Moshe Safdie and David Childs, chairman emeritus of SOM.
Other members include Massimo Colomban, founder of cladding firm Permasteelisa, landscape architect Laurie Olin and Richard Wurman, creator of the TED conferences.