Architects are such babies. Take Frank Gehry, the overrated star-architect of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach. The Herald reports that he is very upset about how ‘rude’ the city leaders have been because they don’t want to pay his inflated fee.
To Gehry, the real issue is not his $1.9 million fee, which he said is appropriate for the project’s scope — it’s the city’s $10 million construction budget for the public park, which he said is too small given Miami Beach’s and the symphony’s elaborate goals for the space.
Hmmm…..$1.9 million for a $10 million dollar project….sounds like a 19% architectural fee. I wonder what other services Mr. Gehry will be performing for almost 20%? Sounds like the real issue isn’t the budget, but the fact that Gehry wants a larger fee. Then there is this:
Instead of hiring another architect for the park, Gehry suggested having the parks department install grass, landscaping, sprinklers, and drainage, and talk to the symphony about its ideas for the space. Then he will review it.
“We won’t charge a dime. We’ll do it as a friend to the city. Pay us zero.”
Sounds good to me. Why waste tons of money on expensive lights and fountains – park space doesn’t need to be that complicated. If the urbanism around the park works then there should not be a need to fill the park with silly things to activate it. The city can improve the park over time, and not waste so much money on architects who say things like:
Doing a parking garage in Miami is not something I should be spending time on. I did it out of respect for [Tilson Thomas].
Dude, we don’t need you to do us any favors. Thanks.
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