Being a designer of breathtaking and sometimes confounding buildings seems almost a footnote to the amazing life of architect Daniel Libeskind.

Why you should listen

A true renaissance man, Daniel Libeskind possesses a staggering array of creative interests -- he has been a free-verse poet, an opera set designer, a virtuoso musician. When he finally settled on architecture, it was not long (in architect-years, anyway) before he had taken the skylines of the world by storm.

His many buildings include the recently opened Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, in the deep footsteps of his acclaimed design for the Jewish Museum Berlin -- his first major building project, and one of the most visited museums in Europe. He also created the spectacular extension to the Denver Art Museum (completed in 2006), and construction is under way on a massive retail complex on the strip in Las Vegas.

Libeskind's ambitious and highly controversial design for the rebuilt World Trade Center is perhaps his most well known project, and despite almost a decade of political wrangling and bureaucratic whittling, he insists that the final design will retain the spirit of his original renderings.

What others say

“In his best work, he doles out revelations to the patient observer. And he is youthful enough -- not to mention ambitious, self-critical, and lucky enough -- to make me believe that he hasn’t peaked yet.” — Justin Davidson, New York Magazine

Daniel Libeskind’s TED talk

Daniel Libeskind on the TED Blog


17 words of architectural inspiration: Daniel Libeskind on

July 1, 2009

Daniel Libeskind builds on very big ideas. Here, he shares 17 words that underlie his vision for architecture — raw, risky, emotional, radical — and that offer inspiration for any bold creative pursuit. (Recorded at TED2009, February 2009 in Long Beach, California. Duration: 18:37) Twitter URL: Watch Daniel Libeskind’s 2009 talk on where […]

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Quotes from Daniel Libeskind

Our lives are complex; our emotions are complex; our intellectual desires are complex. I believe that architecture … needs to mirror that complexity in every single space that we have, in every intimacy that we possess.
Daniel Libeskind
TED2009 • 629K views Jul 2009
Inspiring, Fascinating