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Moshe Safdie, Architect

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Moshe Safdie, Architect
Moshe Safdie - Biography
Moshe Safdie - Built Designs
Moshe Safdie - Future Designs
"The strength of our practice lies in the geographic and cultural diversity in which we work. We have created buildings in communities around the world: Boston, Los Angeles, Ottawa, Jerusalem, Bangladesh, and Singapore. Our designs are specific to place and culture..." -Safdie Architects
"Architecture is not about building the impossible; it is about building what makes sense for a specific program and for a particular setting." -Safdie Architects

Safdie believes that a successful building must respond to its surrounding culture. His designs embody a sense of place, purpose, and tectonics.
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Habitat ‘67 1967
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum
Jerusalem, Israel 2005
The triangular form of the structure was chosen to support the pressure of the earth above the prism while bringing in daylight from above through a 200 meter-long glass skylight.
The entire structure of the museum — floors, wall, interior and exterior — are reinforced concrete.
United States Federal Courthouse
Springfield, Massachusetts 2008
Safdie was determined to save two very old trees when he was designing this courthouse. The building curves around these trees, using their placement in the design.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Bentonville, Arkansas 2011
Safdie designed this museum to compliment and counterpoint the surrounding landscape. He let the landscape embrace the building by building it on top of two ponds. It is a tribute to American culture.
Chongqing Chaotianment
Chongqing, China
The towers will include a service residence, a hotel, private residences, clubs, conference centers, a theater, retail, and office spaces. The horizontal bar is a garden bridge connecting all of the towers. The total building is 119,000 square feet.
Skirball Cultural Center
Los Angeles, California
The Skirball Cultural Center is an educational institution in Los Angeles devoted to sustaining Jewish heritage and American democratic ideals.
Moshe Safdie First Principles
-Shaping The Public Realm
-Architecture with a Purpose
-Responding to the Essence of the Place
-Architecture that is Buildable
-Building Responsibility
-Humanizing the Megascale

United States
Institute of Peace Headquarters on the Mall in D.C.
Skirball Cultural Center and Museum in Los Angeles, CA
Exploration Place in Wichita, Kansas
Educational Facilities – Eleanor Roosevelt College at UCSD
Federal Courthouse – Springfield, Massachusetts
Federal Courthouse – Mobile, Alabama
Kansas City Performing Art Center - Kansas City, Missouri
Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia
Salt Lake City Main Public Library
Peabody Essex Museum – Salem, Massachusetts
Adapted Thesis from McGill
Most Successful World’s Fair
of the 20th Century
Work in Jerusalem & Abroad
Offices Around the World

Moved to Philadelphia to Apprentice
Khalsa Heritage Memorial Complex
National Museum of the Sikh People in the Punjab, India
The Federal Building in Washington, D.C.
Springfield Federal Courthouse in Springfield, Massachusetts
Marina Bay Sands – An Integrated Resort in Singapore
National Campus for Archaeology of Israel in Jerusalem
Renovation and Expansion of the Central Library in PA  
West Edge Project – A Mixed Use Facility in Kansas City, MO
Renaissance Square Project in Rochester, NY
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AK

“He who seeks truth shall find beauty.
He who seeks beauty shall find vanity.
He who seeks order shall find gratification.
He who seeks gratification shall be disappointed.
He who considers himself the servant of his fellow
beings shall find the joy of self-expression.
He who seeks self-expression
shall fall into the pit of arrogance.”

“Beauty connotes humanity. We call a natural object beautiful because
we see that its from expresses fitness, the perfect fulfillment of function.”
Degree in Architecture
Nina Nusynowicz
National Gallery in Ottawa
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Vancouver Public Library
Lester B. Pearson International Airport

Around the World
Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv
Yad Vashem Museum in Jerusalem

Publications & Media
Mentor - Louis Kahn
Expo '67 - Canada
Construction Man of the Year
Massey Medal of Architecture
Commissions Around the World
In Progress & Planned
Meaningful Works & Words
Early Life & Education
The Man Behind the Building
Architect, urban planner, educator, theorist, and author.
Style: No Signature style.
- “I don’t think I have a signature style that announces, ‘This is a Safdie,’ ” he explained. “But I think star architects have seized an opportunity to go anywhere in the world to produce meaningless buildings. You know?”
“I try to contribute by making it more light and open
and calm,” Mr. Safdie said. “I try firstly to make
buildings humane. Countries and places have a
history, a story, and a culture. I want my buildings
to take root and look as if they have always been there.”
“It’s about trying to blend the future and the past.”
-Safdie supports and enhances program and responds to human needs.
-In 1970 Safdie established an office in Jerusalem. This is known as his Israeli period which also produced a number of impressive urban insertion projects and various
town-planning schemes.
- Projects include: cultural,
educational, and civic institutions;
neighborhoods and public parks;
mixed-use urban centers and
airports; and master plans for
existing communities and entirely
new cities around the world.
Concepts & Motifs
Safdie graduated from McGill University in 1961 with a degree in architecture. Time: 1960-current
Other Famous Architects: Frank Gehry, Daniel Libeskind, Richard Meier
- Though he was on the cover of Newsweek when he was 33, he resists the phenomenon of “starchitects,” who have become almost as famous in the U.S. as celebrity chefs. The theorist-teacher within him opposes the unquiet architecture of Frank Gehry and Daniel Libeskind and what he terms, ominously, “the Bilbao effect.”

Concepts & Motifs (cont'd)
- Louis Kahn
- Described by Vanity Fair to have a relaxed gentle way.
- His Israeli period produced a number of impressive urban insertion projects and various town-planning schemes.
- Woman and Architecture.
“Why, does there appear to be only one woman among all the renowned architects of the world? “Architecture is
changing faster than some other professions,” he
responded. “But I suspect there’s more talented
women architects today than there are women
conducting symphony orchestras.”
“But, you know, if you walk round my office, you’ll
see that about 45 percent of the 60 architects who
work here are women.”

Making Connections
-Amon Tobin – A Brazilian Music Producer who has lived in Montreal Canada, since 2002.
- Live Stage Show: ISAM

Kauffman Center, Kansas City MO
Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, Jerusalem.
Moshe Safdie and his wife.
Moshe Safdie - Styles & Movements
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