Daniel Libeskind, considered one of today’s international leaders in architectural practice and urban design, spoke in Halifax recently as part of the NSCAD Public Lecture Series.
The February 10 event, held at Pier 21, attracted a capacity audience for Mr. Libeskind’s remarks on his multidisciplinary approach to architecture and art. (You can view the full presentation here
Earlier in the day, the renowned architect spent three hours with a class of NSCAD jewellery students
, who had collaborated with Mr. Libeskind on a unique, once-in-a-lifetime project.
Celebrated for his ability to infuse innovative design with a strong sense of memory and history, Daniel Libeskind has designed a multitude of structures, from museums and concert halls to convention centres and universities, including such iconic projects as the master plan for the World Trade Center in New York and the Jewish Museum in Berlin.
More recently, the Canadian Jewish Congress awarded Libeskind the commission to create a memorial to the Jews of the MS St. Louis who were denied entrance to Canada in 1939. The artwork, entitled “Wheel of Conscience,” was recently installed at the Pier 21 Museum.
“Libeskind’s buildings are sculptural,” says David B. Smith, NSCAD University President. “I was privileged to see his Jewish Museum in Berlin shortly after it was completed and before any artefacts were installed. The experience was at once haunting and powerful.”
“Without question, the opportunity to host Daniel Libeskind – one of the most important architects working today – is a rare and valued privilege for our university, and I want to thank James Moy, our Vice President of Academic Affairs and Research, who was instrumental in bringing Mr. Libeskind to Halifax.”
“The multidisciplinary nature of Libeskind’s work complements NSCAD’s own approach to visual arts education and, in many ways, taps into the essence of what makes our university unique,” adds Sharon Blanchard, Director of the School of Extended Studies. “We’re delighted to offer the broader community the chance to see and hear one of the most remarkable design minds of our time.”
NSCAD University gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts for its 2010-2011 Public Lecture Series.Credit: Eliot Wright