I used to be symmetrical freak and a grid freak.
I used to follow grids,
And then I started to think,
And I realized that those were chains,
That Frank Lloyd Wright was chained to the 30-60 grid,
And there was no freedom in it for him,
And that grids are an obsession,
You do not need that if you can create spaces and forms and shapes.
That is what artists do, and they do not have grids and crutches,
They do it.
I was interested in what the artists were doing,
How they were working with materials and craft,
And consequently learnt a lot from them.
I wanted to deal with the craft,
I wanted to deal with the people who were making the buildings,
I wanted to engaged them
—which is not the way we are trained as architects.
I wanted to break down those barriers
—which will take two more lifetimes.
by Frank Gehry