If there is one place in the recently-published and fascinating 'Building Art, the Life and Work of Frank Gehry,' the biography of Frank Gehry by Paul Goldberger, which brought tears to my eyes, it is where he describes the transformation. It was long before Gehry became the stararchitect that succeeded to connect art and technology, long before he came to conceive his glamorized buildings, the Walt Disney Concert Hall and 8 Spruce Street, and even long before he built his iconic house in Santa Monica in 1978. It was when Gehry and his first wife Anita briefly lived in Paris in 1960, traveling throughout France and Spain to witness the magic of world architecture. The Romanesque churches, Chartres, Gaudi, and Le Corbusier’s chapel at Ronchamp, all came to made the shift his perspective and to eventually lead him to create his titanium-swathed masterpiece. In this most fascinating chapter, Goldberger, whose relationship with Gehry has spanned decades, explains the roots of Gehry’s innovations. As the world’s most famous stararchitect, much of Gehry’s life and career is well known. His upbringing in a close family in Toronto, the emigration to LA because of his father’s deteriorated health at the age of 18, his view of architecture as a built art, and of course the road to his ultimate global power and success. But here, in this chapter, Goldberger illuminates in his engaging, critical style where it all began. The revelation in the words of Gehry “I came from the West Coast aesthetic, which was Japanese, Asian-centric, woodcut drawings, wood-framed temples, and all of a sudden I’m exposed to things my history of architecture teacher at USC never told me anything about… When I walked into Chartres I was furious… I said ‘why, why didn’t they tell us?” (page 112). So enjoyed reading this bio.