When we build things - especially beautiful things - we do so with the expectation and the wish that they will last, and through them, we will last.
Daniel Libeskind explores this idea of architecture-as-hope and elaborates on his creative process and the opening of his most recent project, San Francisco's new Contemporary Jewish Museum- The Commonwealth Club of California
John King is the architecture columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle.
Daniel Libeskind is an American Jewish architect of Berlin's Jewish Museum and San Francisco's Contemporary Jewish Museum. Libeskind made waves when, in 2003, he won the competition to rebuild the World Trade Center.
Architect Daniel Libeskind philosophizes on the sustainability of architecture as an artistic endeavor, a cultural discipline, and an energy consumer.
He argues that while malls and housing may seem like prosaic projects, they are as crucial as museums in our cultural life. Architecture wakes us from a sleep endemic to modern life, Libeskind relates, to see the wondrous, inspiring, and problematic world in which we live.
Daniel Libeskind, renowned architect, relates the history of building materials from ancient cathedrals to asbestos.
He says that architecture is rediscovering sustainability to find that well-made buildings are not just another throwaway commodity, but a statement of permanence that owes something to the earth, the birds, and the sky.