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Wise words

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Daniel Libeskind was on good form at an Architecture Week event on Sunday afternoon at the RIBA. He recalled the surprise he felt at winning any competition - competition schemes often ending up as 'tickets to oblivion'. He was interesting about the relationship of new architecture to history, suggesting that new buildings were partly 'evolving the conditions of memory'. He pointed out that the phrase 'in the beginning was the Word' had more complex meanings in the original Hebrew, including the idea of architecture itself.

He was able to talk about his completed buildings (there are only three of them so far) as to some extent representing journeys from darkness into light, though one might see the V&A spiral as all about light, presence and connection (of the Jewish Museum, all about darkness, absence and disconnection). Marco Goldschmied made a thoughtful contribution to the afternoon, including a funny anecdote about Lubetkin, supplied by daughter Sasha. Lubetkin was introduced to Clough WilliamsEllis, who suggested that the former might like to contribute a house to his Portmeirion project in Wales. The proposed name for it? 'The Red Army House'. Those were the days.

Goldschmied also had a nice line about the Lottery: 'We also have the hidden lottery . . . the lottery of taste.'

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