Habitat '67, the Pompidou Centre in Paris, and of course the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore are only a few milestone projects in Moshe Safdie's illustrious career. Opening on March 16 at the BSA Space in Boston, the "Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie" exhibition will showcase pivotal points of Safdie Architects' development since its founding more than five decades ago. "Global Citizen" also marks the first exhibition of a series that celebrates pioneering architecture practices with roots in Boston.
Divided into five sections, the exhibition revolves around Safdie’s design philosophy of “progressive contextualism”, which is defined as the belief that a building should be an extension of its physical, historical, and cultural environments.
Read on for more about the exhibition.
"Curated by Donald Albrecht, in coordination with local firm NADAAA and Safdie Architects, the exhibition will include an array of large-scale models of built, unbuilt, and in-progress projects from throughout the firm’s history. The exhibition will also include the recent Habitat of the Future Research Fellowship and a 21st-century reimagining of Habitat ’67 — widely known as the revolutionary housing complex that launched Safdie’s career."
"Organized into five sections, the exhibition examines Safdie’s formative years as an undergraduate and the launch of his practice in 1964; the establishment of a branch office and work across Jerusalem in the 1970s; a period of major institutional commissions across North America throughout the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s; a more recent phase of diverse commissions in new global centers in India, Singapore, and China; and examples of his firm’s current mega-scale work confronting the challenges of dense urbanism around the world."
'We are delighted to have Global Citizen exhibited in our hometown of Boston, a city we have called home for the last 36 years,' Safdie stated. 'We are particularly happy that it is at BSA Space where we can share our work across the globe with our Boston colleagues.'
"'Throughout his career, Moshe has consistently confronted the challenges of urban life with solutions that create livable spaces, connecting the public to nature and their community,' said exhibition curator Donald Albrecht, who also coauthored the catalog that accompanies the exhibition."
'From Habitat ’67 to his current work with skyscrapers around the world, Moshe creates buildings that add to their environment and enhance visitor and residential experience, " Albrecht continues. 'Global Citizen demonstrates his diverse portfolio of projects that range vastly in size, scope, and purpose, but share his underlying design philosophy that connect the building to its surroundings.'
"Global Citizen" will be on view at BSA Space through May 22, 2016.
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