Gehry shares digital system
for "paperless buildings"


New York by Gehry

News: Frank Gehry has launched his studio's paperless system for sharing and collaborating on drawings as a scaled-up product for the architecture industry.

The GTeam software by Gehry's technology development and consulting company Gehry Technologies is now integrated with cloud-based storage service Box, enabling Box's customers in the fields of architecture, construction and engineering to easily access and manage blueprints, CAD files and contracts.

The paperless system was refined by Gehry's studio during the construction of New York by Gehry (pictured), the 265-metre-high apartment building completed in 2011, where sharing digital files enabled the architects and engineers working on the tower to significantly reduce the number of expensive alterations required during construction.

Box has now scaled up the software to bring it to the wider industry and allow others to benefit in the same way, according to company CEO Aaron Levie.

"I think when you can bring these tools to the masses, it really opens up innovation in an incredible way," he said.

New York by Gehry

The software was developed by Gehry's studio over the decades to eliminate the need for paper.

"My dream is to do buildings paperless. And it can be done," Gehry told technology magazine Wired. "I discovered that, using the computer, we had more information, which kept us in control and allowed us to protect the owner from a lot of waste in the process."

GTeam can incorporate files from other design software, such as Rhino and AutoCAD, and is already being used in the offices of Zaha Hadid and SOM, according to Gehry.

In a similar mood of collaboration, Dutch firm UNStudio this week announced it will relaunch in June as an "open-source architecture studio" inspired by technology start-ups, using an online platform to encourage the exchange of ideas between its own architects and those outside the company.

Gehry was recently asked to "tone down" his plans for Facebook's new Silicon Valley campus, while earlier this year a Utah congressman launched an attempt to scrap the architect's proposed Washington D.C. memorial for former president Dwight D. Eisenhower – see all architecture by Frank Gehry.

Photograph are by dbox.

  • accesskb

    He can’t even make his software Digital Project more accessible for students. Only the elite big firms and those with connections are able to even get their hands on it and try it out it seems.

    • Rami

      Not true! Students at the American Uriversity of Sharjah have licensed access to it and they are producing great things with DP!

  • Gilles Normandin

    Mr. Gehry ,
    I am about your age, I’ve been in the same business as you for 50 years. I am one among other architects and designers on a two billion dollar project at McGill University Health Center (MUHC) in Montreal. It is done with a computer program call Autodesk Rivit producing a 3D model. Said like that it seems fantastic, but it isn’t. We are 300 hundred professionals, it is a pure utopia to think that this will solve it all. Let me tell you that I’ve never in my all career seen so many paper drawings!
    Thanks Mr. Gehry for making us believe in utopia! It may happen one day.

  • Kelami

    Paperless? How will he design his buildings?

  • TTT

    Says the guy that claims “I can only use the computer to throw at somebody”

  • TTT

    Says the guy who claim “I only know how to use the computer to throw it at someone”
    – Sketches of Frank Gehry, 2006

  • TT…

    I wonder if Frank Gehry irons his clothes.