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Birth of an Icon: Frank Gehry's Disney Hall.

Construction of Disney Hall, the new home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra is finally completed. Architect Frank Gehry comments on how he designed the concert hall using 3-D computer modeling, while the Philharmonic's executive director and two musicians extol the virtures of master acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota's efforts. Sounding a dissonant note is urban planning critic, Sam Hall Kaplan, who calls L.A.'s new signature civic icon an elitist misuse of money better spent on numerous smaller renewal projects. c2004. 11 min.