TED Talk: Daniel Libeskind’s 17 Words of Architectural Inspiration

This TED Talk by Daniel Libeskind may have been filmed back in 2009, but this lecture has yet to decline in its popularity. Libeskind at one point was a free-verse poet, an opera set designer and a talented musician who would later become an internationally-famous architect who has been both praised and criticized for his glorious design style (you know, like almost EVERY OTHER ARCHITECT).  In this TED Talk, Libeskind describes what inspires his unique approach to architecture in only seventeen words. For example, he starts out by stating his belief that optimism is the driving force of architecture, which is why he states, “Architecture is not based on concrete and steel and the elements of the soil. It’s based on wonder.”  Watch the full lecture after the break.

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REVIEW: Daniel Libeskind’s Seventeen Words of Architectural Inspiration:

  1. Optimism vs. Pessimism
  2. Expressive vs. Neutral
  3. Radical vs. Conservative
  4. Emotional vs. Cool
  5. Inexplicable vs. Understood
  6. Hand vs. Computer
  7. Complex vs. Simple
  8. Political vs. Evasive
  9. Real vs. Stimulated
  10. Unexpected vs. Habitual
  11. Raw vs. Refined
  12. Pointed vs. Blunt
  13. Memorable vs. Forgettable
  14. Communicative vs. Mute
  15. Risky vs. Safe
  16. Space vs. Fashion
  17. Democratic vs. Authoritarian

[Thanks TED Talk]

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