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Counterpoint: Daniel Libeskind in Conversation with Paul Goldberger Hardcover – November 18, 2008
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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.
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Some ten years ago, Daniel Libeskind emerged on the scene with the completion of Berlin's Holocaust Museum. Initially opened as an empty space, he was, for a time, lauded as an original thinker. (When the museum was fitted out, its failings became obvious, and subsequent commentary was much less favorable.) Shortly afterwards, following his selection as Master Planner for the World Trade Center site in New York, Libeskind became a household name. But he quickly showed himself to be a blustering nincompoop and a loudmouth blowhard who could not get along with anybody. Today, rather pointedly he has not been asked to design any of the new architecture there.
In the years since the Holocaust Museum and the Ground Zero appointments, Libeskind chose to focus on promoting himself, his cheesy "brand", and on developing his celebrity status, rather than on refining the process of design. A hastily-written biography and a pretentious book of "poetry" raised more eyebrows than praise. Intended to foster fame, these immature and self-absorbed ramblings merely exposed Libeskind to a scrutiny that has not served him well.Read more ›