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Architecture+Film: Moshe Safdie: The Power of Architecture

Fri, Jan 19 / 7 pm
Directed by Donald Winkler
2005, Canada, 91 min

After graduating from McGill University in 1961 and apprenticing with Louis Kahn in Philadelphia, Safdie returned to Montreal to oversee the master plan for the 1967 Universal Exposition. His design of Habitat 67, when he was only 23 years old, lifted the Israel-Canadian architect to the top ranks of Canadian architects, earning him international recognition. This documentary takes us to Boston, where Safdie teaches at Harvard, showing some of his recent projects, including the expansion of the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem. It also follows him on his first visit to Israel in fourteen years, where he works on the plans for the Mamilla neighbourhood of Jerusalem, a long-term project designed to bring the city’s Jewish and Arab communities together.

Architecture+Film, an ongoing series which focuses on architecture and design, is co-presented by Winnipeg Architecture Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to advancing the awareness and appreciation of Winnipeg’s built environment through public education.

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This portrait film celebrates the life and work of world-renowned Israeli-Canadian architect Moshe Safdie FAIA by highlighting his outstanding contribution to the field of architecture. From the Holocaust Museum, Yad Vashem, in Jerusalem to the masterplan for the city of Modi’in to the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, this personal documentary delves into some of Safdie’s most famous design projects and explores what makes each one unique. - Architecture Daily
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