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Anyone But Frank

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Details are scarce, but the WSJ has tracked down an Iowa-based philanthropist who is offering a $300 million reward to any city that hires any architect OTHER than Frank Gehry. This guy's argument: "'Don't get me wrong, I like iconoclastic, swoopy structures that look like bashed-in sardine cans as much as the next guy,'" says the philanthropist, who wishes to remain nameless for fear of enraging close friends in the art world. "I like Czech dance halls that look like a 747 plowed right into the façade as much as anybody. I bow to no man in my admiration for an architect who can design an art museum that looks like a intergalactic recycling center. I just thought it would be nice to give the second-most-famous architect in the world a shot at a payday. Whoever he is. I know I've got his name here somewhere.'" [WSJ]