As we see architecture elevated to the high culture, we also see it infected by the culture.
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Renowned Israeli-Canadian architect Moshe Safdie leads his audience through design projects highlighting his long career. We journey to the "no man's land" of Mamilla, straddling the border of Israel and Palestine, revitalized by Safdie's new designs for it; we watch nature and art interact at an Arkansas museum funded by the Wal-Mart forturne; we visit the Yad Vashem Children's Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, guided through its stirringly candlelit caverns. Safdie designs structures all over the world, but maintains an acute attention to the environmental and social dynamics unique to the community and geography of each space he designs. This is the methodology, he explains, that we must utilize to infuse architecture with the beauty its creators are too often afraid to associate with it.
Above: Model of Safdie’s project Marina Bay Sands in Singapore (2006-2009)