Frank Gehry & Steve Jobs, Do they have something in common?

Recently I read the Inspiring book by Walter Isaacson “Steve Jobs”.
I came across a Steve Jobs quoteEventually you should try to expose yourself to the best things
that people did
, then try to implement these things out of what you do I mean the saying of Picasso
Good artists copy, great artists stealAnd we never were ashamed to steal great ideas”

Here is a short clip …. Steve Jobs talks about getting great ideas:,+great+artists+steal%22+&usg=AFQjCNFqCuySalwWusri05Kt0G6GQB0o4w

It is quite a while that I trace the inspiration sources of Frank Gehry….

Here is a short clip where Frank Gehry talks about his inspiration sources:

Particularly I was interested in identifying the sources of his inspiration for His unique morphology, defined in projects like the “Dancing House”  In Prague or The Guggenheim museum in Bilbao – Spain  (See the following images).

 Frank Gehry Architect

the “Dancing House”

Prague Czech Republic 1992-1996

The Guggenheim museum in Bilbao Spain 1991-1997

is one of Gehry’s most known buildings.

(Photo during construction, modern construction methods allow designing unique morphological elements)

Eero Saarinen architect

TWA Flight Center at John F. Kennedy International Airport 

(Reception structure inside the TWA Flight Center) opened in 1962


Eliinbar sketches 2011, Frank Gehry’s inspiration sources?

What did I learn from this post? 

Frank Gehry and Steve Jobs admire Knowledge  

They believe that you can find Inspiration sources anywhere.

You don’t need to be intimidated to get inspired from anything that can promote you ….

You are committed to develop the tools and skills to understand and use your Inspiration sources in a beneficial way for you ….

Possibly the “Conscious Inspiration method” should assimilate a similar approach….


The Conscious Inspiration Methode:

I believe that designing is a process formed from three main phases:  knowledge, tools and invention. 

“Knowledge”:  as many said, and wrote before – Knowledge is the foundation for all designing process. We architects and designers are obliged to be informed about everything that was designed in the past and on a daily basis…. 

“Tools”= (“Codex rules”) develop tools to analyze buildings and “Understand” them,  tools that will cope with the abundance of architectural information…

(I intend to demonstrate some of my ideas in future posts) 

“Invention”:  with the methodology of “conscious Inspiration” , we don’t need to be intimidated to get inspired from relevant buildings.  Once we develop our tools, it will lead us to high quality and creative architecture. 

Eli Inbar


You are invited to visit my relevant posts

Learning from Frank Gehry ….Chapter 1 ,His Design Tools

Gottfried B0hm Architect_ Flagship Store_”swinging  glass  skirt”_

What is Zaha Hadid’s ultimate “Inspirational Building”?



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