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Art Center Puts Gehry Building Plan on Hold—Or Not

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Earlier this month, we told you about the tensions a-brewing at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and seriously flustering students, faculty, and alumni, many of them not averse to a good petition or two. Hanging in the balance were ambitious plans for the school’s expansion, which were to include a $50 million design research center designed by Frank Gehry and championed by the Art Center’s controversial yet charismatic president, Richard Koshalek. What a difference a week or so makes! “The Art Center thing has blown up and fizzled out, and they are not renewing Richard’s contract,” UnBeige editor emeritus Alissa Walker tells us. Further complicating the blowup and fizzle, the school announced that the Gehry building plan was off, only to declare yesterday that the board of trustees had confirmed “the school’s commitment to going forward with its pending application to obtain zoning in Pasadena for its Hillside Campus Master Plan.” We’re still confused but direct you to Alissa’s roundup in The Architect’s Newspaper for the full scoop on the players, issues, and architecture involved.

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