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Moshe Safdie, CC, FAIA: Keynote Presentation

Moshe Safdie, CC, FAIA is an Israeli-Canadian architect, urban designer, educator, theorist, and author. He is most identified with Habitat 67, which paved the way for his international career. $45 (1.5 hrs)

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Moshe Safdie is an architect, urban planner, educator, theorist, and author. Over a celebrated 50-year career, Safdie has explored the essential principles of socially responsible design with a distinct visual language. A citizen of Israel, Canada and the United States, Moshe Safdie graduated from McGill University. After apprenticing with Louis I. Kahn in Philadelphia, Safdie returned to Montréal to oversee the master plan for the 1967 World Exhibition. In 1964 he established his own firm to realize Habitat ’67, an adaptation of his undergraduate thesis and a turning point in modern architecture.

Safdie’s humanistic philosophy on architecture and urbanism focuses on the design of the public realm and creating buildings that celebrate the unique character of each place. Safdie continues to innovate with ground-breaking projects, such as the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort in Singapore’s waterfront district, which includes three 55-story towers connected across their rooftops by a three-acre mixed-use SkyPark.

Safdie Architects recently completed Sky Habitat Singapore, a 590-unit condominium complex, and Habitat Golden Dream Bay in Qinhuangdao, China—both residential projects that continue to explore the ideals established in Safdie’s original Habitat ’67 complex. The Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore, Altair Residences in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and the massive mixed-use project Raffles City Chongqing in Chongqing, China, are all scheduled for completion in 2019. Projects currently in design include Boise Library Complex in Boise, Idaho, and Qorner Tower in Quito, Ecuador.

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Things to Know

This event is for all ages.
The entrance to the Annenberg Theater is located behind the Annenberg Theater Box Office adjacent to the Palm Springs Art Museum's North Parking Lot.
Ample free public parking is available in the multi-level public garage across from Palm Springs Art Museum.
Handicap parking available. This event is wheelchair accessible
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.


Event Check-in Location

Annenberg Theater, Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 N. Museum Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

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Photo Credits: Moshe Safdie Photo by Michal Ronnen Safdie., Habitat67 Historic View, 1967, Photo by Jerry Spearman.jpg, Marina Bay Sands Hotel Resort Complex and Art Science Museum, 2010, Singapore. Photo credit MBS-Visua lMedia, Khalsa Heritage Centre, 2011, Anandpur Sahib, in Punjab, India. Aerial photography by Michal Ronnen Safdie, Crystal Bridges Museum Of American Art, 2011, Bentonville, Arkansas. Night view across lower pond. Photo byTimothy Hursley, Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum, 2005 , Jerusalem, Israel . Photo by Timothy Hursley


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