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Daniel Libeskind

Libeskind in front of his extension to the Denver Art Museum.
Born (1946-05-12) May 12, 1946 (age 70)
Łódź, Poland
Nationality American-Polish
Alma mater The Cooper Union
University of Essex
Occupation Architect
Spouse(s) Nina Libeskind
Children 3
Parent(s) Dora Libeskind (mother)
Nachman Libeskind (father)
Website Daniel-Libeskind.com
Practice Studio Daniel Libeskind
Buildings Jewish Museum Berlin
Imperial War Museum North
Contemporary Jewish Museum
Royal Ontario Museum (expansion)
One World Trade Center (2002)

It's a fantastic responsibility and a wonderful moment.
There will be a competition for the memorial. And then it can be developed with trees, with planting. It can become a very beautiful place protected from the streets, because it is below. And it can be something very moving and very private.
Daniel Libeskind
I don't get to sleep when I'm in New York. Really. I'm living on adrenaline.
Daniel Libeskind
I think there is a new awareness in this 21st century that design is as important to where and how we live as it is for museums, concert halls and civic buildings.
Daniel Libeskind
Life it is not just a series of calculations and a sum total of statistics, it's about experience, it's about participation, it is something more complex and more interesting than what is obvious.
Daniel Libeskind
We all came to see that site. We all walked around it. It is already sacred.
Daniel Libeskind
It's a project that touched me as an immigrant and as a New Yorker.
Well, I think one doesn't really have to invent this memorial space, because it is already there. And it is speaking with a voice and, you know, 4 million of us came to see the site.
Daniel Libeskind
I studied architecture in New York. So, really I was very moved, like everyone else, to try to contribute something that has that resonance and profundity of it means to all of us.
Daniel Libeskind
Winning a competition in architecture is a ticket to oblivion. It's just an idea. Ninety-nine per cent never get built.
Daniel Libeskind
And you have to remember that I came to America as an immigrant. You know, on a ship, through the Statue of Liberty. And I saw that skyline, not just as a representation of steel and concrete and glass, but as really the substance of the American Dream.
Daniel Libeskind
It's about how to bring together the seemingly contradictory aspects of the memorial, which is about a tragedy and how it changed the world, but also about creating a vital and beautiful city of the 21st century.
Daniel Libeskind
The Spiral Gallery may happen, too. It is not dependent on government funding.
Daniel Libeskind
There are more people living in Lower Manhattan now than before the terrorist attacks. That's faith for you. There's such a strong spirit here.
Daniel Libeskind
Larry wanted us to reposition the tower. We wouldn't, and won't. He's been holding back our fees. We want to get paid. And that's it. It'll get solved and we'll carry on with planning Ground Zero.
Daniel Libeskind
I'm not Candide, nor Dr Pangloss, but we know that faith moves mountains.
Daniel Libeskind
When you're a kid with artistic yearnings brought up in the Bronx, you don't get fed up too easily.
Daniel Libeskind
And of course I like Berlin a lot. It's such an interesting city.
The foreign press seems obsessed with the Freedom Tower, as if it was the only thing going on here. In fact, we're trying to keep a huge juggling act in balance, with the tower as just one of the many balls in play.
Daniel Libeskind
Cities are the greatest creations of humanity.
And it is very moving because one has to see the site not as just another site of development but it is a very special site. It is a site that souls and hearts of all Americans.
Daniel Libeskind
We will work with everybody for the good of New York.

Cities are the greatest creations of humanity.
To provide meaningful architecture is not to parody history but to articulate it.
Daniel Libeskind
Well, I didn't want to have the reminder sort of in the sky, so that people would forever look at it. I wanted to have – really to create a city from the bottom up. From that foundation, which held, from the democratic power of what the site really is.
Daniel Libeskind
Only through acknowledgment of the erasure and void of Jewish life can the history of Berlin and Europe have a human future.
Daniel Libeskind
And then, build a bustling wonderful city of the 21st century, with a restoration of a spectacular skyline, which Manhattan, of course, needs. So, that is really the design as a whole.
Daniel Libeskind