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Frank Gehry

The world's most important architect is completing his first British building, and behind it lies an LA story - of how Gehry took on the 21st century's defining suburban city, and triumphed.

When the Walt Disney concert hall opens for its first public performance by the Los Angeles Philharmonic in October, its architect, Frank Gehry, should experience a final pang of bittersweet satisfaction. Glimmering on the intersection of 1st Street and Grand Avenue, Disney Hall is Gehry’s homecoming-the first great public building he has made for the city that made him. It is arguably a more dramatic achievement even than his Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Its early designs predate the Bilbao building by several years, marking it out as perhaps the true blueprint of his mature style.

For 15 tormented years, Disney…

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