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Saskia Sassen


Saskia Sassen is a Dutch American sociologist , urban planner and educator noted for her analyses about cities and immigration in the world economy, with inequality, gendering and digitization as three key variables running though her work. The term global city was coined and popularized by Sassen in her 1991 work, The Global City: New York, London, Tokyo, translated into twenty-one languages.

From 1966, Sassen spent each year at the University of Poitiers, France, the Sapienza University of Rome, and the University of Buenos Aires, for studies in philosophy and political science. From 1969, Sassen studied sociology and economics at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, where she obtained a Master of Arts in 1971 and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1974. She also received a master's degree in philosophy from the University of Poitiers in 1974. In 1974-1975 Sassen was a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.

Sassen has received many awards and honors, among them multiple doctor honoris causa, the 2013 Prince of Asturias award in the Social Sciences, election to the Royal Academy of the Sciences of the Netherlands and named a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French government.

Saskia Sassen went to the United States in 1970. Since then she held various academic positions in and outside the USA, such as an assistant professor at Queens College of the City University of New York from 1976 to 1980, as an associate professor from 1980 to 1985 and as a professor from 1985. She was also a professor of urban planning department from 1985 at Columbia University, New York City, and a department head during 1987-1991. She was also the Ralph Lewis Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago. Sassen is currently Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University and Centennial Visiting Professor of Political Economy in the Department of Sociology at the London School of Economics.


Markus Bader | Raumlaborberlin


Markus Bader studied architecture in Berlin and London. In 1996 he completed his Diploma in Architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL) in London. In 1999 he founded Raumlaborberlin ( together with Christophe Meyer, Jan Liesegang and Andrea Hofman. Subsequently he was joined by Benjamin Foerster-Baldenius, Axel Timm, Francesco Apuzzo, Frauke Gerstenberg and Florian Stirnemann.

Raumlabor works on relational situations between space, social actions and political frameworks. At the intersection of architecture, city planning, art and urban intervention, addressing both city and urban renewal as a process, Raumlabor activity ranges from strategic development concepts, such as the procedural development for the site of the former Tempelhof airport, all the way to artistic interventions in existing urban contexts, such as the Fountain House in Montreal.

In 2021, the collective was awarded with the Golden Lion at 17th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice.

Markus Bader has extensive experience in the academic field and has been a visiting professor at the VSUP in Prague (Architecture Research Centre), the Peter Behrens School of Architecture in Düsseldorf and the University of Kassel (urban practice). Since 2016 he has been a professor in the Department of Architecture of the University of Arts, Berlin.

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