If Walls Could Speak

Moshe Safdie

RRP: £20.00

6 October 2022

Published by Grove Press UK

ISBN: 9781611856576

RRP: £10.99

6 October 2022

Published by Grove Press UK

ISBN: 9781611858730

Over more than five decades, legendary architect Moshe Safdie has designed and built some of the world’s most talked-about and memorable structures – from the 1967 modular housing scheme in Montreal known as ‘Habitat’ and the Yad Vashem memorial in Israel to the Marina Bay Sands development and extraordinary Jewel Changi airport garden and waterfall in Singapore. Safdie is deeply committed to architecture as a social force for good, believing that any structural challenge can be solved in ways that enhance community and the human spirit.

In this unique book, Safdie takes readers behind the veil of his profession to explain how an architect thinks and works – ‘from the spark of inspiration through the design process, the model-making, the politics, the engineering, the materials.’ His stories about projects and personalities, and about the complexities of every project, open our eyes to a fascinating world where artistic imagination is always balanced against the hard realities of finance and gravity. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white drawings, sketches and photographs, and with 16 pages of colour images, Safdie’s book will forever change the way you look at and appreciate any built structure.