Interesting interview with architect Daniel Libeskind from mid-December in Der Spiegel. Libeskind designed the Ascent in Covington and, most recently, a component of the CityCenter project in Las Vegas billed as the largest privately financed building project in U.S. history at over $8.5 billion.
The interview moves from Las Vegas to New York’s ground zero site to architecture and development in general. Here’s an excerpt of what Libeskind says about mega-projects in down economies:
Projects that are very bold and have a financial value that lasts are really important, especially in times when people don’t have money. This is not the time for mediocre projects. Only in crisis times like these do people go out and do extraordinary things. This is how the Empire State Building or the Rockefeller Center got built.
Read the entire interview at Der Spiegel.