SAFDIE, Moshe

(1938- )
   After World War II, the need for inexpensive urban housing created innovative apartment designs based on the utopian urban ideals of Le Corbusier. Most of these urban apartment buildings were constructed using raw concrete formed in bold rectangular shapes in a style called Brutalism. Within this historical framework, the Israeli-born architect Moshe Safdie introduced a more spatially complicated apartment complex called Habitat '67 as part of the permanent housing exhibition created for the 1967 World Exposition in Montreal. The overall design consists of prefabricated modules placed together in a stacked, zigzag pattern to create rooms, courtyards, and roads elevated at different levels. This multi-level format recalls ancient Mesopotamian dwellings that were traditionally clustered together with shared walls and a stepped pattern of differing building heights. These regional considerations anticipated the architectural style called Critical Regionalism, which has been popular in domestic architecture of the 21st century. The Habitat is also very practical in its modular system, which featured an internal structure to allow for easy expansion of its components. Safdie's innovative apartment designs provided a welcome alternative to the traditional high-rise apartment blocks of the modern era.

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  • Safdie, Moshe — born July 14, 1938, Haifa, Palestine Israeli Canadian architect. Educated at McGill University School of Architecture, Montreal, he began his career in the offices of Louis Kahn. His Habitat 67 was a bold experiment in prefabricated housing using …   Universalium

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  • Moshe Safdie — Mosche Safdie (hebräisch ‏משה ספדיה‎, * 14. Juli 1938 in Haifa (heute Israel)) ist ein Architekt und Städtebauer. Als Jugendlicher zog er mit seiner Familie nach Montréal, Kanada, ein Schritt, der ihm missfiel, da er Zionist und Sozialist war.… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Safdie — Mosche Safdie (hebräisch ‏משה ספדיה‎, * 14. Juli 1938 in Haifa (heute Israel)) ist ein Architekt und Städtebauer. Als Jugendlicher zog er mit seiner Familie nach Montréal, Kanada, ein Schritt, der ihm missfiel, da er Zionist und Sozialist war.… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • SAFDIE, SYLVIA — (1942– ), artist. The daughter of Leon and Rachel (Essen) Safdie, Sylvia Safdie was born in Aley ( Aleih), near beirut , Lebanon, into an artistic and literary family. Her brother Moshe safdie (1938– ) is a renowned architect. Her brother GABRIEL …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Safdie —   [ sæfdɪ], Moshe, kanadischer Architekt israelischer Herkunft, * Haifa 14. 7. 1938; eröffnete 1964 ein Büro in Montreal. 1979 wurde er Professor an der Harvard University School of Design. Safdie baute für die Weltausstellung 1967 in Montreal… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Moshe Safdie — Musée des beaux arts du Canada à Ottawa Moshe Safdie né à Haifa en Palestine mandataire le 14 juillet 1938 est un architecte et urbaniste. Il a étudié à l Université McGill …   Wikipédia en Français

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