Architect Daniel Libeskind, known for his dynamic, fractured compositions, is also recognized for introducing a new critical discourse to architecture. In an enormous variety of projects around the world—major cultural institutions, convention centers, universities, hotels, commercial centers, and residential work—he has manifested his commitment to expanding the horizons of architecture and urbanism. Counterpoint: Daniel Libeskind is the first comprehensive portrait of the work of Studio Daniel Libeskind, which was established in Berlin in 1989 and moved to New York in 2003 after winning the World Trade Center design competition.
Drawn from a series of interviews with celebrated architecture critic Paul Goldberger, Counterpoint exemplifies Libeskind's multidisciplinary approach, which reflects a profound interest in philosophy, art, music, literature, theater, and film. Along with Memory Foundations, the master plan for the World Trade Center site, featured projects include the Jewish Museum Berlin, the Royal Ontario Museum, the extension to the Denver Art Museum, the MGM Mirage CityCenter in Las Vegas, a multi-building complex in Busan, South Korea, and projects in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Spain, the Netherlands, Italy, Israel, Mexico, Japan, and China.
About the Author
Daniel Libeskind is an internationally renowned architect, known for the Jewish Museum in Berlin, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, and the Dublin Performing Arts Center in Dublin, Ireland. His practice is designing commercial, residential, and cultural buildings around the world. His Master Plan for rebuilding the World Trade Center site in New York City was selected in 2003 and has served as the blueprint for the entire site, including the Freedom Tower, the Memorial, the Museum, and the PATH Terminal.
PAUL GOLDBERGER began his career as the executive editor of "Architectural Digest". He then worked for twenty-five years at "The New York Times", where in 1984 he won the Pulitzer Prize for his architectural criticism. He also has been the architecture critic for "The New Yorker" since 1997 and in 2004 became Dean of the Parsons School of Design at the New School University in New York City. He is the author of "Why Architecture Matters" (Yale, 2009), "Up from Zero: Politics, Architecture, and the Rebuilding of New York" (Random House, 2004), "One the Rise: Architecture and Design in a Post-Modern Age" (Times Books, 1983), "The Skyscraper" (Knopf, 1982), and "The City Observed?New York: A Guide to the Architecture of Manhattan" (Random House, 1979), among others.
"[Libeskind's] formally ambitious work has made him a favorite of clients looking for recognizable design. From critics, it has drawn a mix of admiration and vitriol that has placed him at the center of debates about the values and aesthetics of architecture in the first decade of the 21st century."
—William Hanley, Architectural Record