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Daniel Libeskind's gift of the gab

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If you missed Daniel Libeskind’s lecture at the Royal Geographical Society on 29 April, let Astragal fill you in on the evening’s gems

First, challenging the role of function in design, the American architect dared to ask, ‘what is the function of a human being?’

Next, floating ideas about buildings having spirits, he suggested that The Shining, Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror film, is a ‘movie also about architecture’. And then he admitted that once a sketch is done he likes to be involved with every last detail, right down to ‘choosing the seats for the toilets’.

At the evening’s close, one spectator described Libeskind as ‘loquacious, eloquent, down to earth and with great charm’, adding: ‘Now I understand how he manages to get his designs past his clients.’

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