My girlfriend recently showed me a picture of Frank Gehry’s new facility for Sydney’s University of Technology, and I immediately responded, “Wow it looks like a paper bag.” And then I actually read the article headline and it was titled Frank Gehry’s “paper bag” business school opens in Sydney.
This made me recall an old blog entitled Architects My Ninja Please (amnp.com). I didn’t really understand the point of the blog and I didn’t know what the ninjas did, but they often had submissions called Ninja Arithmetic. However, ninjas probably calculate more mathematical formulas than architects,1 and the only math architects (occasionally) use on a daily basis is converting ⅜” and ⅝” into decimal form.2
Unfortunately, the blog went down in early 2012; thus in honor of amnp.com I will resurrect Ninja Arithmetic, and dedicate this week’s blog to Frank Gehry in a revised post titled: Architect Arithmetic.