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Global Citizen

The Architecture of Moshe Safdie

Donald Albrecht (ed.) and Sarah Williams Goldhagen

    ISBN: 978 1 78551 028 1

    Size: 280 x 254 mm / 10 x 11 in.

    Binding: Hardback

    Pages: 160

    In association with:

    Date published: December, 2010

    UK £19.95 /US $35


  • Revised and expanded edition (2015) of this recent work on the buildings of one of the world’s great contemporary architects and the philosophy that shapes them
  • Offers fine photography by the award-winning Gus Powell, and insightful scholarship on Moshe Safdie’s work by leading scholars
  • Accompanies major international exhibition travelling to National Academy Museum, New York from September 10, 2015 to January 10, 2016 and BSA Space, Boston Society of Architects, Boston, Massachusetts from February 15 to May 13, 2016.


Today, as architecture is reasserting its role in popular culture, the architect Moshe Safdie’s buildings are exemplars of what has been termed ‘progressive contextualism’ – an important way of thinking globally about building. Published to accompany a major international travelling exhibition, Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie will explore this renowned architect’s buildings and the philosophy that shapes them. Safdie’s canonical works combine the social activism and advanced technologies of modernism, with profound respect for historical and regional context. This elegantly designed book will feature new photography and essays examining Safdie’s role in the move toward architectural globalisation, as well as his use of architecture as a medium for political, religious and cultural agendas. The catalogue will also feature a unique illustrated essay by Safdie examining the architect’s thoughts on the future of the global city at the start of the 21st century.

Author information

Donald Albrecht is Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of the City of New York, as well as an independent curator. He has organised major exhibitions and books for such institutions as the Library of Congress, the Getty Center and the Smithsonian Institution. Sarah Williams Goldhagen is a critic, historian, and theorist of modern and contemporary architecture. She is the architecture critic for the New Republic and editor of Positions: On Modern Architecture and Urbanism: Histories and Theories.