Daniel Libeskind, the architect behind the Jewish Museum in Berlin and the Ground Zero masterplan in New York, eagerly answered questions from students of Philippine architecture and design schools during a special forum held as part of the launch of Century Spire in Makati.

Libeskind is the architect of the 60-storey residential-office tower, with Armani Casa as the interior designer of the building’s amenity areas. The forum titled “Elevating A City Through Architecture and Design” gathered students from the University of the Philippines Diliman – College of Architecture, University of Santo Tomas – College of Architecture and College of Fine Arts and Design, De La Salle-College of St. Benilde School of Design and Arts, Mapua Institute of Technology School of Architecture, Don Bosco Technical College-College of Engineering, Polytechnic University of the Philippines College of Architecture and Fine Arts, Far Eastern University Institute of Architecture and Fine Arts, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila and the Technological University of the Philippines. The students, together with Filipino architects, local and foreign media and the Philippine team of architects and consultants for Century Spire, aptly listened to Libeskind’s thoughts on what makes great architecture. “Architecture is more than construction,” Libeskind told them. “That is why there is a difference between just building and architecture… If something is created with a heart and in a way which is memorable, it is also maintained and passed on from generation to generation. Architecture has to do deeply with place, with location; but it’s also meant to tell a story.” The students were likewise joined by their professors and college deans during the forum held at the Event Center of Century City Mall in Makati.