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From theory to architectural gesture: A stroll with Daniel Libeskind

The stroll with Daniel Libeskind starts where architecture springs from: the realm of the unconscious and subcutaneous. For Libeskind, this realm is signified by a broad range of cultural aspects that are not necessarily architectural. “The edge,” “the beginning,” “the end,” and “the other” are the main issues with which he defines architecture. Libeskind tried to investigate these from outside the discipline of architecture with drawings, collages and machines. He early started an academic career and intensified his interest in the theory and culture of architecture – by creating architecture without erecting a single building.


The scope of this discussion, however, needs to be seen within the context of a postmodern critique, which is inseparable from postmodernism and deconstructivism in architecture. Although the focus is on Libeskind, the greater debate of other architects needs to be examined in order to reveal differences with Libeskind. The major points at issue in the context of Libeskind are: critical history, issues of memory and monumentality, deconstruction in architecture vs. deconstructivism.

Finally, Libeskind´s thinking will be put into context with his early architectural projects and with the first building he was commissioned to construct, the Jewish Museum in Berlin. The constant exchange between theory and architecture that is inseparable for Libeskind, will be investigated in order to try to reveal the very core of his architecture.

Autor Marc Kirschbaum
titel From theory to architectural gesture: Astroll with Daniel Libeskind
Verlag Kassel University Press
Jahr 2002
Seiten 239
Sprache Englisch