In their January issue, Playboy sits down with "the world's most important architect" to set some things straight. Among them: his antipathy to the word "starchitect" and his moral superiority to the "world's tallest building" arms race.
"The thing is, I hate the celebrity architect thing. I just do my work. The press comes up with this stuff and it sticks. I hate the word starchitect. Stuff like that comes from mean-spirited, untalented journalists. It's demeaning. It's derisive, and once it's said, it sticks. I get introduced all the time, 'Here's starchitect Frank Gehry...' My reaction: 'What the fuck are you talking about?'"On the race to build the world's tallest buildings: "Yes, the race continues in a way. My tallest is the Beekman in New York; it's being finished now. The client said that at 76 stories it is the tallest apartment building in New York, and I said, 'Why don't we make it two stories shorter so it's not, because if Trump hears that, he'll try to beat it, and I don't want to bother him.' Already somebody's doing a taller one. It's a hilarious thing about erections..."The magazine hits newsstands tomorrow, according to the press release. Photo via Flickr user Mr Noded.