‘Legendary’ Moshe Safdie

Actual caption in BDB: "Skypark Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, Photo from nocamels.com"

Actual caption in BDGB: “Skypark Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, Photo from nocamels.com”

Actual text from the Boston Design Guide Blog:

Legendary architect Moshe Safdie recently won the 2015 Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects for his 85 amazing, awe-inspiring futuristic designs.

If Moshe Safdie is a legend, then what does that make Gehry – a god? And if Gehry’s a god then what the blazes is left for Corbu?

Adjectival inflation is a terrible thing to waste. And, oh yes, is the above image actually a photograph? If so, then maybe Safdie is a legend. But I suspect that the above image is actually a rendering. Be that as it may, the world would be better off if the building and its kindred spirits were legendary in the original sense of the word.

About David Brussat

For a living, I edit the writing of some of the nation's leading architects, urbanists and design theorists. This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. My freelance writing and editing on that topic and others addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, and a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to invest your prose with even more style and clarity, please email me at my consultancy, dbrussat@gmail.com, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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3 Responses to ‘Legendary’ Moshe Safdie

  1. Anonymous says:

    Habitat’s freshness (in its day) aside, I find this astounding. One Kendal Square, Cambridge!? ….and the original proposal for Columbus Circle, in Manhattan , with its hideous jagged features?… Give me a break.


  2. Eric Daum says:

    Sadly, the building is real and is a hotel in Singapore. This does look like a rendering though. Considering Safdie’s oeuvre, I’d use the work “prosaic” to describe his career.


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