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Daniel Libeskind Reflects On Designing Buildings With 'Emotional Weight'

Daniel Libeskind Reflects On Designing Buildings With 'Emotional Weight'
Daniel Libeskind Reflects On Designing Buildings With 'Emotional Weight', Canadian National Holocaust Monument, Ottowa. Image © Government of Canada
Canadian National Holocaust Monument, Ottowa. Image © Government of Canada

In an interview with Shaunacy Ferro for FastCo Design, Daniel Libeskind looks back over his built works and discusses the significant 'emotional weight' imbued in many of his projects, from the Jewish Museum in Berlin to his masterplan for Ground Zero in New York City. When asked why he continually returns to projects such as Holocaust memorials - with the Canadian National Holocaust Memorial currently underway in Ottawa - Libeskind stated: "It’s not something that I choose very lightly, because it’s very difficult, but I believe that it’s very important." For him, creating these monuments is part of the act of doing "something that moves us beyond just the darkness and gives us something positive. [...] Even when it comes to the memory, you can’t just dwell on the irreversibility of the tragedy. You have to have something hopeful."

Diagram: Canadian National Holocaust Monument. Image © Government of Canada
Diagram: Canadian National Holocaust Monument. Image © Government of Canada

AD Classics: Jewish Museum, Berlin / Daniel Libeskind

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Cite: James Taylor-Foster. "Daniel Libeskind Reflects On Designing Buildings With 'Emotional Weight'" 14 Oct 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/556583/daniel-libeskind-reflects-on-designing-buildings-with-emotional-weight/> ISSN 0719-8884
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