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With Intention to Build: The Unrealized Concepts, Ideas, and Dreams of Moshe Safdie
Moshe Safdie, in conversation with Michael J. Crosbie
Images Publishing, November 2020
Hardcover | 9-1/4 x 9-1/4 inches | 184 pages | English | ISBN: 9781864708493 | $35.00
Moshe Safdie explains that probably more than half of his lifetime design work is unbuilt, and he considers his unbuilt work to be some of his most significant work. In this richly illustrated book, replete with detailed diagrams, sketches, models and studies, Moshe Safdie explains that for those who design in order to build, not succeeding in building is never a failure (there are many reasons why a project might not be built) because these designs are part of the evolution of an architect’s work. This volume is a fascinating journey through Safdie’s thoughts and career, and also a historical reference of the social and political forces at play at the time. Not only a treatise on Safdie’s unrealized concepts, this book is also a wonderful affirmation that there is valuable heritage in the unbuilt.
Includes a number of significant projects from around the globe, including the following: Habitat Original Proposal, Montreal, Québec, Canada 1964; Habitat New York II, New York, New York, United States 1967; San Francisco State, College Student Union, San Francisco, California, United States 1967; Pompidou Centre, Paris, France 1971; Western Wall Precinct, Jerusalem, Israel 1972; Supreme Court of Israel, Jerusalem, Israel 1985; Columbus Center, New York, New York, United States 1985; Ballet Opera House, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 1987; Museum of Contemporary Art, Stuttgart, Germany 1990; Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory, Waxahachie, Texas, United States 1993; Incheon Airport, Incheon, Korea 2011; Jumeirah Gateway Mosque, Dubai, UAE 2007; National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China 2012.
Moshe Safdie is an architect, urban planner, educator, theorist, and author. Over a celebrated 50-year career, Safdie has explored the essential principles of socially responsible design with a distinct visual language. A citizen of Israel, Canada and the United States, Moshe Safdie graduated from McGill University. After apprenticing with Louis I. Kahn in Philadelphia, Safdie returned to Montréal to oversee the master plan for the 1967 World Exhibition. In 1964 he established his own firm to realize Habitat ’67, an adaptation of his undergraduate thesis and a turning point in modern architecture. Author of several books and a frequent essayist and lecturer, Safdie’s global practice includes projects in North and South America, the Middle East, the developing world and throughout Asia and Australia.
All these years later — seventeen years after SOM’s shorter two-tower development for Related Companies was built instead — the highly developed Columbus Center scheme seems like a missed opportunity. The differences in shadows cast by Time Warner Center versus Columbus Center are insignificant, especially when considered alongside the Billionaires’ Row towers that now sit just south of the park. And while a lot of the parts in the built and unbuilt schemes are similar (two towers, curved base with atrium and shops, mix of uses in the towers, etc.), Safdie’s scheme is more formally inventive than the glass towers of David Childs; Safdie’s scheme would have made a bigger imprint architecturally. That’s all history, though, like the other unbuilt projects collected here, some fairly recent. No wonder the book ends with “The Lessons of Unbuilt Architecture,” where Safdie and Crosbie discuss how even the unbuilt works “have lessons for the long term.”
* Syndicated content from A Daily Dose of Architecture Books.