Breaking the Wall of Convention : How Architecture Can Provoke New Thought

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  • The economic impact of buildings with a high "wow" factor on cities like Bilbao, Manchester, and Chicago has brought back in vogue the debate on the role of architects in society, producing neologisms such as "starchitect" to characterize their media relevance. With provocative works like the Jewish Museum in Berlin and the World Trade Center in New York, Daniel Libeskind has gained universal acclaim. A true Renaissance man - with a background that features music, poetry, and opera set and costume design - Libeskind envisions architecture as a reflection and active part of the local culture, whereby buildings engage a lasting dialogue with their inhabitants. He sees sustainability as not only a technological attribute, but also a measure of social relevance. In this Falling Walls lecture, Libeskind discusses his more than 40 current projects and his innovative online teaching approach at the Leuphana University L√ľneburg, aimed at building the "ideal city of the 21st century.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on August 10, 2013.
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  • Part of the Falling Walls conference.
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  • Creating the Jewish Museum (3:06) -- Connecting Berlin's Past and Future (1:24) -- German Military History Museum (3:09) -- Zlota 44 Tower (0:55) -- Royal Ontario Museum (1:15) -- Archipelago 21, Seoul (2:11) -- Redesigning Ground Zero (3:30)
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