Hudson river #1


Saskia Sassen describes how a local urban environment is part of a ‘global city’ and talks forcefully about the manner in which architecture has been seduced by its role in this transformation. Within Sassen’s topography, high profile commissions for skyscrapers and financial centres contribute to the ongoing dematerialisation of urban social space; their appearance is part of the new “spatialisation of power.” Significantly, Sassen also notes that the global city is not without sites of contestation churning beneath the picture-postcard gloss of skyscrapers and office buildings.