Safdie Architects

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Is­raeli-born Safdie is best known in Sin­ga­pore for cre­at­ing the Ma­rina Bay Sands re­sort, but all eyes are cur­rently on his Jewel Changi Air­port de­vel­op­ment. What’s the best de­sign ad­vice you’ve been given? Louis Kahn’s quip about ask­ing the brick what it wants to be comes to mind. The metaphor fo­cuses on how the ma­te­ri­al­ity of ar­chi­tec­ture in­forms its lan­guage. It’s a fun­da­men­tal les­son for a designer. How does Sin­ga­pore live up to its des­ig­na­tion as Unesco Cre­ative City of De­sign? Sin­ga­pore is prob­a­bly at the fore­front, world­wide, of pub­licly-ini­ti­ated ur­ban de­sign and am­bi­tious land­scap­ing of the ur­ban en­vi­ron­ment. This has had a tremen­dous ef­fect on the lives of its peo­ple. Is it re­ally pos­si­ble to make a busi­ness out of in­no­va­tive de­sign? Yes, if by in­no­va­tive de­sign you mean a build­ing that re­sponds to its pro­gramme and its set­ting, man­i­fested in its live­abil­ity and util­ity. msafdie.com

MOSHE SAFDIE

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