Dream Builders: Moshe Safdie
The world's greatest architects and designers talk to BBC's Razia Iqbal at the RIBA
Moshe Safdie is an architect, urban planner, theorist and author whose buildings the world over are committed to responding to ‘human needs and aspirations.’ He first came to the world’s attention in his early twenties through his ground-breaking ‘Habitat 67’ project - a vast interlocking prefabricated housing complex and the centre piece of the Montreal EXPO, which he also developed the master-plan for.
From this sensational launch pad, Safdie has since gone on to write, lecture, teach and build extensively in North America and in many other countries, frequently returning to his native Israel where he was responsible for the restoration of old Jerusalem and the creation of the new city of Modi’in, the new Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, and the Rabin Memorial Center. Major projects by Safdie Architects currently under construction, or recently completed, include the Marina Bay Sands resort in Singapore; the Khalsa Heritage Memorial Complex in India; the United States Institute of Peace Headquarters on the Mall in Washington, D.C. and the National Campus for the Archeology of Israel in Jerusalem.
Safdie has been the recipient of numerous awards, honorary degrees, and civil honors, including the Companion Order of Canada and the Gold Medal of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.
In partnership with the BBC, the RIBA brings you an opportunity to direct questions to Moshe Safdie as he is interviewed by Razia Iqbal about the power of architecture, a humane approach to urbanism and the projects that have defined a global career.
A recording of the event will be broadcast by the BBC World Service
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