2014 / Images Publishing Melbourne

Comprehensive monograph of the firm's work, with a complete chronology of projects, published in 2014. Essays by Michael Sorkin, R.M. Oxman, Witold Rybczynski, Anna Kats, Sarah Williams Goldhagen and Moshe Safdie.

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Reaching for the Sky: The Marina Bay Sands Singapore

2014 / ORO Publishing (Hong Kong)

Marina Bay Sands, a $5 billion, high-density, mixed-use integrated resort that brings together a 2560 room hotel, convention center, shopping and dining, theaters, museum, and a casino across the water from Singapore's Central Business District, opened to the public on June 23, 2010. The 929,000 meter (10 million square-foot) urban district anchors the Singapore waterfront, creates a gateway to Singapore, and provides a dynamic setting for a vibrant public life. This book provides an overview of project, from its regional history, to its structural achievements, to its reception by the people of Singapore and the world.

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2011 / Arcadata Srl (Milan)

As Guest Editor of the February 2011 issue of L'Arca, Moshe Safdie considers early modern solutions to urban and suburban planning, and the problems of designing for megascale. Using Habitat '67 as a model, several new, higher-density revisions are developed as urban megascale alternatives. Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort, Singapore, is offered as a case-study in mixed-use megascale design.

Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie

2010 / Scala Publishers, Ltd. (London)

Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie accompanies a major traveling exhibition that explores this renowned architect's buildings and the philosophy that shapes them. This book features essays by Donald Albrecht, Sarah Williams Goldhagen and Moshe Safdie.

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Moshe Safdie II

2009 / Images Publishing (Australia)

Moshe Safdie II features an essay by Safdie presenting his current thoughts on the significant issues facing architecture today. Accompanying it are texts by William Mitchell on the theme of a global practice responding to a wide range of varied local conditions, and by Thomas Fisher on Safdie's books, which hold as much interest and have been as influential as his buildings. Featured projects include the Salt Lake City Public Library, the Peabody Essex Museum and the US Institute of Peace, the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, the Rabin Center for Israeli Studies, and the new city of Modi'in in Israel; the Khalsa Heritage Memorial Complex in India; and the Guangdong Science Center and the Guangdong Children's Palace in China.

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Moshe Safdie I

2009 / Images Publishing (Australia)

This is the second edition printing of the 1996 edition. Influenced by the diverse cultures of Canada, Israel and the USA, Moshe Safdie̢۪s architecture displays a richly evolving tectonic and spatial sensibility. During 30 years of practice, he has designed public institutions, housing and mixed-use complexes, and developed designs for both existing urban districts and entirely new cities. The illustrated projects demonstrate the depth of Safdie̢۪s work, and an architectural vocabulary full of light and color. In his essay ‘The Language and Medium of Architecture̢۪ and in an interview with Wendy Kohn, Moshe Safdie discusses his architecture and influences. Each of the essays, by Michael Sorkin, Paul Goldberger, Witold Rybczynski and Peter G Rowe, covers a different facet of Safdie̢۪s architectural Ã…“uvre.

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Moshe Safdie: Megascale Order & Complexity

2009 / McGill University School of Architecture (Montreal)

A transcription of the David J. Azrieli Lecture in Architecture given by Moshe Safdie in October 2007. The lecture presented recent projects set in the context of the issues facing architecture and urbanism today: the impact of megascale, density, and demographics; climate change the drive for sustainability; the transformation of urban transportation and automobile use. Safdie explored what constitutes a meaningful architectural ethic today in the presence of changing technologies, globalization, and market driven culture, reaffirming the power of architecture to affect the quality of life and bring it into the public discourse.

Yad Vashem: The Architecture of Memory

2006 / Müller Publishers (Switzerland)

At 175 meters long, the museum bores like a triangular beam through the Har Hazikaron, or Mount of Remembrance. It juts out from the hillside at either end, allowing visitors to enter and look out. This spectacular architecture is the setting for a lavish and impressive exhibition commemorating the Holocaust. The structure is the culmination of Moshe Safdie̢۪s work in Israel. The museum, its architecture, and its series of interior spaces with their carefully designed exhibition facilities are documented in an in-depth photo essay and illustrated with texts and plans.

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The City After the Automobile

1997 / Basic Books (New York) and Stoddart Publishing Co Ltd (Ontario)

In this book Moshe Safdie argues that as crucibles for creative, social, and political interaction, vital cities are an organic and necessary part of human civilization. With innovations such as transportation nodes, elevated moving sidewalks, public utility cars, and buildings designed to maximize daylight, views, and personal interaction, Safdie̢۪s proposal challenges us all to create a more satisfying and humanistic environment.

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Jerusalem: The Future of the Past

1989 / Houghton Mifflin Co (Boston)

Jerusalem is one of the most beautiful and historic cities in the world, and Moshe Safdie is one of the most brilliant and controversial of architects. Since 1967, when he completed Habitat for the Montreal Expo, and Jerusalem was reunited after the Six-Day War, the fates of the two have been intertwined. In Jerusalem, the city̢۪s history and architecture are woven together with the story of a great architect at work.

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The Harvard-Jerusalem Studio: Urban Designs for the Holy City

1986 / The MIT Press (Cambridge, Mass)

Moshe Safdie, who initiated and directed the Jerusalem studio, discusses the urban design program at Harvard. The Jerusalem studio program was not only pedagogically significant but also of great practical value for the city of Jerusalem. The studio sheds light on the opportunities and predicaments of a great historic city undergoing rapid growth and development and offered some brilliant design strategies.

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Form & Purpose

1982 / Houghton Mifflin Co (Boston)

In Form & Purpose, Safdie calls for an architecture that serves the community rather than the ego of the architect, for design that reflects environment and culture, not fashion or fad.

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Private Jokes in Public Places

1981 / The Atlantic Monthly

In 1981, Moshe Safdie published an essay in The Atlantic Monthly called “Private Jokes in Public Places,” decrying what he perceived as a general trend in the architectural world to sacrifice function and social conscience in favor of fey, esoteric design. It was a pretty controversial piece, but it was also a huge step on the way to the harmonization of function and form within architectural circles.

Habitat Bill of Rights

1976 / Imperial Government of Iran

Prepared for the Ministry of Housing and Development, and this book was presented by Iran to the United Nations Habitat Conference in Vancouver, Canada, in 1976 as a pioneering document in the architectural discourse of the time.

For Everyone A Garden

1974 / The MIT Press (Cambridge, Mass)

For Everyone a Garden, goes beyond Beyond Habitat in several ways: it provides further detail and technical specificity of Safdie's experience with industrialized building methods for architects and engineers; it updates the status of ongoing projects; and, best of all, it throws off a cascade of sparkling new ideas about people, building, planning, sites, processes, and their interactions.

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Beyond Habitat

1970 / The MIT Press (Cambridge, Mass)

Beyond Habitat is a highly personal statement—almost a diary—covering Moshe Safdie’s life and career before Habitat, his struggle to transform Habitat from a "design solution" on paper to a living reality, and his general ideas on housing and other matters since its completion.

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