Yesterday Frank Gehry turned 80. I wasn't aware of this until I read Alex Ross's blog, but I've been looking for different news articles online covering this. The LA Times has this article, and it mentions how the recession has been affecting Frank Gehry and other architects (all firms had to cut down their employees).
Considering that I'm from LA (and Fight On, Mr. Gehry), I must admit that I'm thrilled that Mr. Ross calls Disney Hall the "greatest concert hall of the modern era," but I must also admit that I have never attended a concert there (I left Los Angeles right before the new LA Phil season began). I can say that I saw it being built - I saw the small-scale model of the inside years before they started construction, and I also saw the place where they blocked off the home of "future Disney Hall." Also, I had a friend who was obsessed with this building (and rightfully so!) and he insisted that his friends pop over to view the completed building while the LA Phil had their intermissions at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
I leave you with a picture I took of this friend of mine (and Disney Hall).