learning life from libeskind.


becoming big is a matter of the braveness to take a big step ahead, and not being afraid to leave what we have at the moment.

that's a thought which came into my head this morning, after i read some beginning parts of libeskind's book. i read it in the bus, i read it several times, and i slap my cheek.. that's what you should do, vel!

(ps.: FYI, libeskind is one of the famous architect nowadays. you may google him, and find his extraordinary designs.)

then, i crossed the street with the voices in my head :

"it's libeskind, vel! he did a brave thing, he never thought twice to do what the wanted to do!"

"he didn't think about the money which he could get from peter eisenman."
this is what he said to eisenman, when he asked libeskind to sweep the floor :
"you want the check -- or not?" eisenman asked, holding it up in front of himself.
"keep it," libeskind said, and walked out.


"he didn't think about how famous the architect he worked for.. it didn't matter. though he worked for richard meier, but he left after he knew how meier was designing, he didn't like and disagreed with it. then he left, straight away."
this is what he wrote about meier.
like his buildings, meier's office was sleek, machinelike, hushed. the apprentices sat at their desks with copies of the master's book Richard Meier: Architect propped before them, silently copying, over and over, it curves he'd made in his forms. after a day of this mindless, robotic action, i thought, this is not for me. but what to do? the next day i called in sick. and the day after that. and the day after that. after a week of absence, meier called me at home. "are you really sick?" he asked.
"richard," i said, "i have to tell you the truth. i just can't do this. it's not what i believe architecture should be, it's not what i want to do."


"it's still about idealism."

"he was young, but he'd already knew that he wanted to be an architect that he'd already chose. not an architect which shaped by another architect or did whatever they said without replied back."
this is what he wrote, "i was young, and i may not yet have had a clear sense of my place in the world. but i did know that mindless copying and sweeping floors were not it."

"he was brave. he left eisenman, he left meier. and now, he is as big as eisenmann and meier, or even bigger?"


it IS a matter of an option, and how i choose one of those option.

it IS a matter of me. not, libeskind. he made me think, think to put myself a bit clearer, that being an architect is a matter of how i choose to be one. not following another person to visualize what they want.

it IS about me and i want to visualize mine, not other person's design.

argh, crap!
what an idealist..

(if you are interested to read this libeskind's book, you can search the title : Daniel Libeskind, Breaking Ground. An Immigrant's Journey from Poland to Ground Zero)

14 winds from friends and strangers:

kristanti paramita said...

kata orang,
orang-orang sukses di dunia ini justru orang-orang yang tidak takut akan penjara uang dan meneruskan bermimpi. ayo vel, bermimpi,hidup hanya sekali.

novel. said...

mau tidak mau emang harus mengakui : it's not always about the money.
we have to choose. it's the hardest part.. logika di masa sekarang atau mimpi di masa yang akan datang.

huhu..sial..

Anonymous said...

Daniel Libeskind is a moron and a commercial hack architect. The only thing he can teach people is about his personal greed and instatiable need for attention.

His pretentious buildings have destroyed cities everywhere. He is worse than Adolf Hitler.

Anonymous said...

Daniel Llibeskind is old news. Everybody just laughs at him now. He is a total asshole. Throw him and his ideas out like an old newspaper.

novel. said...

i'm not talking about his architecture in this case.. :)
i'm just talking about life learning, from him.

IMHO, even from the worst man in the world, we still can learn a good thing of life (though maybe in a small portion). even from hitler. see the positive things. :D

cheers.

Fakhrur said...

and what did the do next after refusing to copy and sweeping the floor?

just curious ;)

novel. said...

hmm.. sayangnya nggak disebutkan di buku itu apa yang dia lakukan setelahnya menolak eissenman dan meier.

yang pasti dia late-bloomer, dan karyanya baru terbangun setelah dia umur 50. mungkin, dia berkelana di dunia arsitektur (praktisi dan akademisi), berpegang pada idealismenya dia. ;)

Fakhrur said...

hmmm idealists... rancu ya

agak subjektif sih memang, tp menurut gue karya2 dia terlalu egois dan kurang respect with surrounding..

dah gitu mahalnya minta ampun :p

walau ada beberapa bangunan dia yg emang bagus, tp dikit

novel. said...

iya. ngomongin desain tuh selalu subyektif (nggak ada yang obyektif kok di dunia ini.. semua yang obyektif itu kan sebenernya subyektifitas yang di-amin-i sebagian besar kalangan.. :D ).

gue juga sebenernya (dulu,,hmm..sampe sekarang jg ding) rada nggak sreg sama desainnya si libeskind. tp, setelah baca bukunya.. ternyata banyak hal kok yang bs dipelajarin dari dia..konsep2 berpikir dan gimana dia menghadapi hidup.. yah..lumayan lah buat dijadiin bahan mikir, merenung, dan berefleksi diri. hehe.

coba dibaca kali-kali tertarik, pak. :D

Fakhrur said...

hehe ok dipertimbangkan ;)

anyway emang agak sulit jg menyukai personality si libenskind ini.. i was on his talk once just to realized that he constantly needs lots of rich clients to feed his ego

well, mungkin lebih bisa mengerti dia kalo udah baca bukunya ya

novel. said...

wahh.. asik bs ketemu mr.libeskind. :D

yah, mungkin setelah baca bukunya jd bisa 'sedikit' kenal sama dia. hehe. hati orang siapa yang tau.. ;)

tapi, proyek-proyeknya dia emang keliatannya mahal-mahal (menilik dr betapa dekons-nya dia..ehehehe).

tp, gue lebih bs bertoleransi ke libeskind drpd gehry.. hehe (ngomong begini sekarang..ntar mgkn aja kalo baca buku gehry,jd condong gehry juga..hehe)

Fakhrur said...

gehry imo lebih baik soalnya dia secara teknis jg lebih bagus, dia punya tim dan software yg mendukung.. klien2 dia emang tau kalo dia itu mahal dan dia ditunjuk buat proyek2 mercu suar, bukan sembarang proyek

tp sekali lg, emang mahalnya minta ampun.. dia mengakui kok kalo dia emang agak gila, tp dia tuh ga seegois libeskind.. karya2 dia emang ga dikelilingi sm bangunan2 lain (ga kyk libeskind).. either out of nowhere atau emang di lokasi yg bertujuan monumental..

hehe gue jg pernah dateng ke talknya gehry di NUS dulu

novel. said...

hehe.. gile.. obrolan ini super-subyektif ya,pak. :D

basically,they're all good architects. :D

soalnya,gue ga kebayang disuruh bikin bangunan berskala segede itu dengan detail yang sama sekali ga tipikal. huwah. bisa tewas seketika.
makanya gue kagum sama para dekonstruksivis (dan juga arsitek2 aliran lain)..mereka pintar dan jago.

Fakhrur said...

tenang aja, kalo kbagian proyek kyk gitu, ada tim ahli struktur dan konstruksi yg bakal bantuin.. dan hari gini mau bikin seaneh2nya bisa dan ga ada yg ga mungkin asal ada uangnya :p

oh iya, libeskind sering bgt ikutan kompetisi dan keseringan kalah.. kalo liat proposal2nya yg ga menang, lega juga mereka ga kepilih soalnya banyak yg 'ngayal' bgt, terlalu heboh imo

yah ini subjektif lg.. ;) anyway few of his works were actually good and visional.. but then, only few

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