Moshe Safdie Donates his Professional Archive and Habitat 67 Apartment to McGill University

As reported by The Architect’s Newspaper, Over 100,000 archival items produced by Israeli-Canadian architect Moshe Safdie during his illustrious 50-year career, including sketches, models, drawings, and letters will be donated to McGill University in Montreal, the architect’s alma mater.

The “centerpiece” of the collection is Safdie’s personal, four-module duplex apartment at his iconic Habitat 67 housing complex rising along the Saint Lawrence River at Cité-du-Havre in Montreal. The pieces, which span from audio-visual materials to tactile objects, will allow students, researchers, and architects to study the work of Safdie.

Moshe Safdie Unit Renovation at Habitat 67, 2018 (Courtesy McGill University). via The Architects Newspaper

Pieces in the collection document both unbuilt and realized projects by Safdie, who founded his eponymous firm Safdie Architects in 1964. Since its inception, the firm has designed buildings across the globe, including in North America, as well as across Asia, South America, and the Middle East. The archival materials include the original model and written paper from A Case for City Living, Safdie’s undergraduate thesis produced during his final year at McGill.

Safdie with 1960s Habitat Original proposal working model (Courtesy McGill University). via The Architects Newspaper

“I have always valued the great education I received at McGill that has guided me through my professional life…..Moreover, Canada has embraced and supported me, making possible the realization of several seminal projects. It is therefore fitting that McGill, Quebec, and Canada will be the home of my life’s work.”

Moshe Safdie

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