Frank Gehry: What got me excited in the beginning were the social issues.  I come from a very lefty liberal family in Canada, and architecture looked like it was the panacea.  You could make housing for the poor and make wonderful cities, city planning in the future and so on.  That was the initial turn-on.  That lasted me all the way through school, actually.

When I got out of school I hit the brick wall. You can’t do any of that. It doesn’t exist.  You can’t do it.  There are no clients for social housing in America.  There is no program, no nothing. City planning?  Forget it.  It’s a kind of bureaucratic nonsense.  It has nothing to do with ideas.  It only has to do with real estate and politics.