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Daniel Lebeski

Daniel Lebeski

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BY Rajesh kumar.

Libeskind, Daniel (1946- ), (pronounced LEE bes kihnd) Polish-born architect, architectural theorist, and educator. In 2003 his design won the competition to redevelop the site of the former World Trade Center (WTC) in New York City. Libeskind was born in Poland, to Jewish survivors of the Holocaust. As a youngster he moved with his family to Israel in 1957 and to the United States in 1959. He became a U.S. citizen in 1965. Although trained as a classical pianist in Israel and New York City, he switched to architecture and received a bachelor of architecture degree from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 1970. He continued his studies at the University of Essex in England, receiving a master of arts degree in the history and theory of architecture in 1972.

CREATIVE MEDIA CENTRE The Creative Media Centre for the City University of Hong Kong provides facilities which will enable the University to become the first in Asia to offer the highest level of education and training in the Creative Media fields. In addition to the School of Creative Media, the Centre will also house the Centre for Media Technology and the Department of Computer Engineering and Information Technology

The distinctive crystalline design will serve as an architectural icon for the departments housed within, and will contain an extraordinary range of spaces rich in form, light, and material that, together, will create an inspiring environment for research and creativity. Internal spaces have been designed specifically to encourage collaboration through an openness and connectivity of activity area. It will also provide an exciting place for visitors, who will be welcomed to enjoy the facilities as part of an extended public outreach program of courses and events. Secluded landscaped gardens to the north of the building will be available for students and public alike. Accomodations inlcude a multi-purpose theatre, sound stages, laboratories, classrooms, exhibition spaces, and a café andrestaurant

The Graduate Student Centre for the London Metropolitan University is a small building dedicated to the growing graduate population and is placed as a major gateway to the University on Holloway Road. The University argues that top quality design can greatly improve the educational experience for the students as they feel valued and enjoy learning in high-quality surroundings ORION - the spatial emblem of the Northern sky – is the guiding light for developing a unique icon for the London Metropolitan University on Holloway Road. The Orion project provides a landmark attracting visitors to the cultural program within by its articulated forms.

The Orion project has an enlivening impact on the wider urban context and particularly on the image and accessibility of the University. The three intersecting elements that form the building strategically emphasis certain relationships:. A small plaza at the entrance provides an accent and an engaging gateway. The ORION building is composed of three intersecting volumes with a distinctive presence on the street and unique interior spaces. The building is clad entirely with embossed coloured stainless steel panels creating a shining and ever-changing surface. Windows are conceived as large geometrical cuts providing accentuated natural light for the café, galleries and seminars. The interior spaces are simple, bold volumes which provide multi-purpose flexibility for programmatic events.

The design accommodates the public functions of the building, while securing the more private University functions. The entire building or parts of the building can be separated to be used for public events. At the same time, the new building is integrated into the circulation patterns of the University and if need be can be totally closed off to the public. ORION is a contribution to the intense urban life on Holloway Road and to the graduate students of the London Metropolitan University. The interior and exterior provide a unity of composition and a magnet to the facility

As someone who knows the Polish culture intimately and who lived under the strategy of Poland, between the destruction by the Nazis and oppression under the Soviets, this building represents a new direction for Poland, east and west. It is a response to the destruction of Warsaw and post war Russian reconstruction. The building offers a new light with its façade, its form, shape, a new profile form which a new skyline of Warsaw can be read. This is not another corporate building that keeps Warsaw as a tabularasa. It is a building that embraces the aspirations of Warsaw and is mindful of its economic circumstances. The eastern face of the building is sculpted by the path of the sun to provide required day light to surrounding buildings. It is a unique building shaped by Warsaw’s history and its light. This building will address a major shift in major cities around the world, where residential buildings will emerge as the most striking designs

The exciting architecture of the new Lower Manhattan Rail station with a concourse linking the Path trains, the subways connected, hotels, a performing arts center, office towers, underground malls, street level shops, restaurants, cafes; create a dense and exhilarating affirmation of New York. The sky will be home again to a towering spire of 1776 feet high, an antenna Tower with gardens. Why gardens? Because gardens are a constant affirmation of life. A 1776 foot skyscraper rises above its predecessors, reasserting the pre-eminence of freedom and beauty, restoring the spiritual peak to the city, creating a building that speaks of our vitality in the face of danger and our optimism in the aftermath of tragedy.

A man of wide-ranging interests, Libeskind quickly attained prominence in the sphere of architectural theory and debate. His theoretical concerns brought him teaching appointments in several countries, including England, Germany, and the United States. From 1978 to 1985 he headed the department of architecture at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. In 1985 he founded an architecture school in Milan, Italy. In the early 2000s Libeskind held teaching positions at the College of Design in Karlsruhe, Germany, and the University of Pennsylvania. In 1989 Libeskind won his first building commission, for a new Jewish Museum in Berlin, Germany.

Libeskind believes that buildings should communicate something about their time, location, and history, as demonstrated by his evocative Jewish Museum in Berlin, which was completed in 1999. Its symbolic design reflects the fate of the Jewish people under Nazism. The zigzagging shape of the zinc-clad building recalls a fragmented Star of David, the sixpointed symbol of Judaism that Jews were forced to wear under the Nazis. The main routes in the museum lead three places: to the Stairs of Continuity, which link to exhibits on German Jewish history; to the Garden of Exile, in which concrete columns represent Jews who emigrated; and to the Holocaust Tower, a narrow, dark, unheated, and empty space that is closed off. A walk through the museum is meant to disorient and frighten the visitor with broken spaces, dead-ends, tilted floors, and a void at the heart of the museum meant to remind visitors of the absence of Germany’s once-flourishing Jewish community

The museum’s unconventional design proved controversial but it turned Libeskind into a much-sought-after architect. The building commissions he received include the Imperial War Museum (1997-2002) in Manchester, England; an expansion to the Denver Art Museum in Colorado (20002005); and an addition to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London England (1996-2006). Libeskind’s winning design for the World Trade Center memorial, like his Jewish Museum, uses symbolism for emotional impact.

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