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Counterpoint: Daniel Libeskind in Conversation with Paul Goldberger


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Architect Daniel Libeskind, known for his dynamic, fractured compositions, is also recognized for introducing a new critical discourse to architecture. In an enormous variety of projects around the world—major cultural institutions, convention centers, universities, hotels, commercial centers, and residential work—he has manifested his commitment to expanding the horizons of architecture and urbanism. Counterpoint: Daniel Libeskind is the first comprehensive portrait of the work of Studio Daniel Libeskind, which was established in Berlin in 1989 and moved to New York in 2003 after winning the World Trade Center design competition.

Drawn from a series of interviews with celebrated architecture critic Paul Goldberger, Counterpoint exemplifies Libeskind's multidisciplinary approach, which reflects a profound interest in philosophy, art, music, literature, theater, and film. Along with Memory Foundations, the master plan for the World Trade Center site, featured projects include the Jewish Museum Berlin, the Royal Ontario Museum, the extension to the Denver Art Museum, the MGM Mirage CityCenter in Las Vegas, a multi-building complex in Busan, South Korea, and projects in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Spain, the Netherlands, Italy, Israel, Mexico, Japan, and China.

About the Author

Daniel Libeskind is the founder and principal of Studio Daniel Libeskind, founded in Berlin in 1989.

Paul Goldberger is the architecture critic for the New Yorker. He also holds the Joseph Urban Chair in Design and Architecture at the New School in New York City. He began his career at the New York Times, and in 1984, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism. He is the author of several books, most recently his chronicle of the process of rebuilding Ground Zero, Up From Zero: Politics, Architecture, and the Rebuilding of New York. The author lives in New York.

Table of Contents

Counterpoint: Daniel Libeskind

in Conversation with Paul Goldberger

Jewish Museum Berlin

Berlin, Germany

Editoriale Bresciana Tower

Brescia, Italy

Westside Shopping and Leisure Center

Brunnen, Switzerland

Haeundae Udong Hyundai IPark

Busan, South Korea

Danish Jewish Museum

Copenhagen, Denmark

The Ascent at Roeblings Bridge

Covington, Kentucky

Extension to the Denver Art Museum, Frederic C. Hamilton Building

Denver, Colorado

Denver Art Museum Residences

Denver, Colorado

Military History Museum

Dresden, Germany

Grand Canal Square Theatre and Commercial Development

Dublin, Ireland


Hamburg, Germany

Creative Media Centre

Hong Kong


Incheon, South Korea

Jerusalem Oriya

Jerusalem, Israel


Keppel Bay, Singapore

MGM Mirage CityCenter

Las Vegas, Nevada

London Metropolitan University Graduate Centre

London, England

Extension to the Victoria and Albert Museum

London, England

Imperial War Museum North

Manchester, England

Fiera Milano

Milan, Italy


New Milford, Connecticut

Memory Foundations

New York, New York

New York Tower

New York, New York

Felix Nussbaum Haus

Osnabrück, Germany

Memoria e Luce

Padua, Italy

Tour Signal, La Défense

Paris, France

Studio Weil

Port dAndratx, Spain


The Wohl Centre

Ramat Gan, Israel

The Contemporary Jewish Museum

San Francisco, California


Seoul, South Korea

Gazprom Headquarters

St. Petersburg, Russia

Royal Ontario Museum

Toronto, Canada

The L Tower and Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

Toronto, Canada

Hermitage-Guggenheim Vilnius Museim

Vilnius, Lithuania

Zlota 44

Warsaw, Poland


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Heinrich Kuhlmann, April 16, 2009 (view all comments by Heinrich Kuhlmann)
Worst Frisbee ever. I tried to throw this book towards the garbage can and it landed in the gutter. Useless book. No good for anything, not even Frisbee toy.
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Warren Goldberg, March 14, 2009 (view all comments by Warren Goldberg)
As this book shows, Daniel Libeskind embodies all the worst aspects of the greedy last decade. Libeskind's ego and his condescension towards other architects is well known despite the fact that there is almost no merit to his constant claims to superiority. His work owes more to speed and greed - (most of the designs look like someone detailed the first thing that came into Libeskind's head.) But like Wall Street's excesses, Libeskind now more obviously looks so much like the hack he always was.

Counterpoint demonstrates that lack of substance in Libeskind's thinking and in his work. Short snippets of conversation with Paul Goldberger fizzle out as there really isn't much to say about any these projects, apart from the fact that they all look like very little thought went into them.

By way of process, the book has some of Libeskind's crude doodles and copious amounts of computer renderings that look like they were outsourced to some production house in the Far East where some kid was charged with interpreting Libeskind's rough marks. It is a far cry from the informed and characterful study drawings of Aalto, Kahn, Wright or just about any other of the architects Libeskind so readily dismisses. Equally, his work is a far cry from design.
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PraxisMaxis, February 15, 2009 (view all comments by PraxisMaxis)
Burn BEFORE Reading!!

Being famous and being a good architect have no correllation. If you are a budding architect you do not want to be influenced by this pseudo-theoretical muck. The ideas in this book are so lame that I did not know whether to laugh or cry. I only read this because I feel obliged to read any Christmas gift my family spends money on. It will be used to light our holiday fire next year!!
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Libeskind, Daniel
Monacelli Press
Goldberger, Paul
Daniel Libeskind, Paul Goldberger
Individual Architect
United states
Individual Architects & Firms - General
Architects -- United States.
Libeskind, Daniel
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