Moshe Safdie

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Works Habitat '67, at Montreal, Canada, 1967.
National Gallery of Canada, at Ottawa, Canada, 1986 to 1988.
City of Modi'in, Israel, 1989.
Montreal Art Museum, at Montreal, Canada, 1991.
Vancouver Public Library, at Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 1992 to 1995.—article at ArchitectureWeek
Peabody Essex Museum, at Salem, Massachusetts, 2003.—cover story at ArchitectureWeek
Salt Lake City Public Library, at Salt Lake City, Utah, 2000 to 2003—photo essay at ArchitectureWeek
Yad Vashem Museum at the Holocaust center, Jerusalem, Israel, 2005
Yitzhak Rabin Center, Tel Aviv, Israel, 2010.
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, 2010.—at Archiplanet
Khalsa Heritage Center, at Anandpur Sahib, Punjab, India, 2011.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, at Kansas City, Missouri, 2011—at Archiplanet
United States Institute of Peace, at Washington, District of Columbia, 2011—cover story at ArchitectureWeek
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, at Bentonville, Arkansas, 2011—cover story at ArchitectureWeek

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Moshe Safdie

(b. Haifa, Israel 1938)

Moshe Safdie was born in Haifa, Israel in 1938. He trained at McGill University in Montreal from 1955 until 1961. After working two years in the office of Louis I. Kahn, he started his own practice in Montreal. Later, he moved to the U.S. where he established an practice and taught at Harvard.

Influenced by his graduate thesis, Safdie refined a series of "Habitat" designs which revolved around a cellular housing scheme. Initially his ideas proved expensive and difficult to construct, but Safdie introduced the cellular scheme in several areas including New York and Puerto Rico where his ideas were successfully initiated.

His Israeli period also produced a number of impressive urban insertion projects and various town-planning schemes.

Dennis Sharp. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Architects and Architecture. New York: Quatro Publishing, 1991. ISBN 0-8230-2539-X. NA40.I45. p133.


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Resources Sources on Moshe Safdie

"Crystal Bridges Museum - Safdie in Arkansas", by Michael Cockram, ArchitectureWeek No. 548, 2012.0201, pD1.1.

"Israeli Architecture with Eastern Promise", by Noam Dvir, Haaretz, 2012.0203.

"Moshe Safdie Builds for Peace", by Katherine Gustafson, ArchitectureWeek No. 539, 2011.1109, pD1.1.

"Salt Lake City Public Library - Photo Essay", by Kevin Matthews, ArchitectureWeek No. 501, 2010.12156, pD1.1.

"Postcard from Vancouver", by David Owen, ArchitectureWeek No. 341, 2007.0711, pD1.1.

"AIA Honor Awards 2004", by ArchitectureWeek, ArchitectureWeek No. 181, 2003.0211, Salt Lake City Public Library, pN1.2.

"Moshe Safdie Peabody Essex Addition", by Michael Crosbie, ArchitectureWeek No. 159, 2003.0820, pD1.1.

"Moshe Safdie in Israel", by Lili Eylon, ArchitectureWeek No. 113, 2002.0904, pC1.1.

Moshe Safdie (Editor), Irena Zantovska Murray (Editor). Moshe Safdie : Buildings and Projects, 1967-1992. Montreal: McGill Queens University Press, May 1996. Inventory (on CD-ROM) by Laura E. Dent and Percy Johnson. ISBN 0-7735-1510-0. — Book and CD-ROM combo, produced by the Moshe Safdie archives. Available at

Moshe Safdie. Beyond Habitat. ASIN 0-0021-1580-8.

Moshe Safdie. Form and Purpose. ASIN 0-3953-1663-4.   Find books about Moshe Safdie

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Web Resources Links on Moshe Safdie

msafdie.comthe architect's own web site.

The Moshe Safdie ProjectAt McGill University, documenting the Moshe Safdie archives.

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