While Libeskindís projects incorporate his vision of architecture as sites that reinterpret a past that dwells on trauma and loss, they further reveal his belief that architecture can build bridges to the future by ďstaring clear-eyed into the past.Ē This insistence on an inherent optimism in architecture, and on a universal ability of architecture and buildings to bring us closer to the truth, guides Libeskindís approach. He holds that both truth and the universal can be captured, but not by erecting buildings with a ďneutral faceĒ that denies history. Rather, it is through the particular that one can access the universal in which concrete and individual histories infuse buildings with life.
Throughout the day on April 24, members of the FIT community will read the names of Holocaust victims in the David Dubinsky Student Center dining hall (9 amĖ1 pm and 2Ė6 pm).
In addition, an exhibition of Libeskindís architectural drawings and photographs will be on display in the Dubinsky Student Center Lobby from April 21 to April 25. A digital version of the exhibition will be on view outside the Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Auditorium, where the talk is being held, before, during, and after the talk on April 24.
Born in Lodz, Poland, in 1946, Libeskind received his architecture degree from Cooper Union and a postgraduate degree in History and Theory of Architecture from the School of Comparative Studies at Essex University, England. He has taught and lectured at universities worldwide.
Libeskind established his architectural studio in Berlin in 1989 after winning the competition to build the Jewish Museum there. In February 2003, after he was selected as the master planner for the World Trade Center redevelopment, Libeskind moved his firmís headquarters from Berlin to New York City.
Libeskind has received numerous awards, including the Deutsche Architekturpreis in 1999, the 2001 Hiroshima Art Prize, and the Buber-Rosenzweig Medal in 2010.†††
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