Quoth the Fellows: Kazi, Sassen, & Safdie

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

In a chat with the Wall Street Journal about the Van Alen Institute’s new bookstore on 22nd Street, Olympia Kazi said of architects: “They’re books junkies, no matter how many Nooks and iPads. They still love their print, the hard copy.” In an article in the latest Americas Quarterly, Board Member Saskia Sassen detailed the ways that networked cities and citizens are changing the way business is done, stating in no uncertain terms that “There is no such entity as the global economy.” Moshe Safdie, meanwhile, reflected on the international atmosphere at the construction site for his Marina Bay Sands project in Singapore (pictured at left) at a press conference, noting that “One tower was built by Chinese workers, and another tower was built by a Bangladeshi team. It looked like the Tower of Babel.”