PA Talks 24 – Moshe Safdie
When we talk about Moshe Safdie, I’m sure that he should need no introduction. He is famous for his megastructures, built allover the world. Hamid Hassanzadeh of ParametricArchitecture, sat down with Moshe Safdie during the Covid-19 lockdown and discussed with him about his story of becoming an architect, establishing his practice, his very first project Habitat 67, humanizing the mega-scale, COVID’s impact and more. Watch this video on ParametricArchitecture’s IGTV.
About Moshe Safdie:
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, Safdie Architects, to realize Habitat ’67, an adaptation of his undergraduate thesis and a turning point in modern architecture.
Author of four 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. Projects span a wide range of typologies, including airports, museums, performing arts, libraries, housing, mixed use and entire cities. His honors include the Companion of the Order of Canada, the Gold Medal from both the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the American Institute of Architects, la Medaille du Merité from the Order of Architects of Québec, Canada, and Israel’s Rechter Prize. The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum awarded Mr. Safdie the National Design Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2016.