Today, as architecture is reasserting its role in popular culture, the architect Moshe Safdie's buildings are exemplars of what has been be termed 'progressive contextualism' - an important way of thinking globally about building.
Accompanying a traveling exhibition, Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie explores this renowned architect's buildings and the philosophy that shapes them. Safdie's canonical works combine the social activism and advanced technologies of modernism, with profound respect for historical and regional context. This elegantly designed book features stunning photography and essays examining Safdie's role in the move toward architectural globalization, as well as his use of architecture as a medium for political, religious and cultural agendas. The catalogue also features a unique illustrated essay by Safdie examining the architect's thoughts on the future of the global city at the start of the 21st century.
Contents: America's Unquietest Library: Salt Lake City Public Library Gus Powell; Creating a Sense of Place Robert Workman; An Extraordinary Journey Uri D. Herscher; Creating a Humanist Architecture Donald Albrecht; Portfolio: Selected Buildings 1967-2009 44; Architecture As Vocation Sarah Williams Goldhagen; Habitat of the Future Moshe Safdie; An Experience of Serenity and Calm: Skirball Cultural Center.