Architect Daniel Libeskind, known best for his plans for rebuilding the World Trade Center and revitalizing Lower Manhattan, will be awarded the 2011 AIA New York Medal of Honor tonight during a public ceremony. Human energy drives Libeskind’s work, which ranges from museums and concert halls to hotels and private homes, and he strives to make buildings that address the greater cultural context. He has made a commitment to New York City, and much of his work has a strong sense of sustainability.
The prestigious Medal of Honor is in its 94th year, with previous honorees including Louis Skidmore (1949), Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1958), Toshikio Mori (2005) and David Childs, who received the award last year. Libeskind, founder of Studio Daniel Libeskind, works with his wife and partner, both of whom are active members of AIA New York.
One of our favorite Libeskind buildings is the soaring green garden skyscraper, a proposed addition to the apartment building at One Madison Avenue. The beautiful glass structure with a series of sky gardens cut out, offering green space on nearly every floor. He has also designed a sustainable prefab home, complete with solar panels, a geothermal heat pump, and rain cachement system, as well as a green waterfront development in Singapore.
Founded in 1857, the New York Chapter of AIA is the oldest and largest chapter in the association and the Medal of Honor is the highest award given out by the group. The award ceremony tonight will take place during AIA New York’s 144th annual meeting. The event is free for members, and $10 for visitors. To RSVP, contact Emily Nemens at 212.358.6126 or firstname.lastname@example.org.