Some Other Sides of Libeskind


Speaking of architecture (and this writer has been doing that a lot lately, hasn’t he? we promise to stop soon…or at least cut back a bit), the international edition of CNN had an interesting interview with Daniel Libeskind this weekend, largely about his building of the Jewish Museum in Berlin and his time as a professional musician before he got into the constructing gig. It also features a really dopey photo of him (more so than usual at least). Here’s some:

I approached it in the way that the Jewish Museum is not about experience it is about that experience, that originality of what that means. What does death and devastation mean — not just for Jews, but for Europe, for people? And I did not want to imitate anything. This was not imitating other buildings that existed elsewhere but addressing this site, which was in Berlin, after all, with all the emotions. It is one of the buildings that I never had to research, I did not have to research the history because it was my history, my family. I have hardly any uncles and aunts, cousins — countless members of my family were exterminated. It was not as if I went to study that period and (decide) what to do, it was an almost immediate emotion to create a building that would direct itself, both to the past — which is irretrievable — but also to something hopeful in the future because there is, there must be, a hope in the future in order to build something.