Libeskind to design landmark for Essex University
Daniel Libeskind has been selected to design a landmark building in the UK to house a new international institute promoting peace and democracy.
The Institute for Democracy & Conflict Resolution (IDCR) at Essex University aims to build on the university’s 40 years of practical and academic expertise in the field of human rights, justice and governance.
The IDCR will be the largest purpose-built institute for independent research and policy analysis in the field.
The multi-million-pound building will provide accommodation for research, teaching and consultancy, and provide space for other organisations such as policy institutes, law firms and NGOs to work with academics and practitioners.
A moot court at the centre of the building, on the Colchester campus, will allow people to take part in simulated court proceedings.
Daniel Libeskind, who took his master’s in the history and theory of architecture at the university in the 1970s, said: “I consider it an honour to be involved in a project with such visionary humanitarian objectives.
“I have always believed that democratic openness and conflict resolution is critical not only in the political sphere but in the making of architectural space.”
Libeskind and his wife Nina have a great interest in work which promotes democracy and conflict resolution, and have promised to help the fundraising campaign for the institute.
IDCR director Todd Landman said: “The focus of this newly-formed institute will be unique in combining rigorous social scientific research and policy analysis with practical experience and attention to democracy, human rights and justice.
“We are delighted that Daniel Libeskind has been chosen to design the iconic building we need to expand and develop our embryonic work. The building will evoke a powerful reaction from visitors, while conveying the seriousness and purpose of an international institute.”