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June 23, 2008


Clarissa K

Daniel Libeskind is the world's biggest hypocrite. He's just crying because he wasn't offered one of the big jobs in China. Say what you will, the Chinese know a fool when they see one. And since Libeskind had to hire another architect to design his little apartment and become the laughing stock of New York, he can hardly expect the Chinese to take him seriously either.

More to the point, before Libeskind comes high and mighty talking about "totalitarian and oppressive regimes", maybe he'd like to go on the record and come clean about how many unpaid or low paid interns are working long hours without adequate wages to support a moderately comfortable lifestyle.

Richard Prouty

Libeskind himself has admitted that he'd like to do a project in China if the conditions are right. With so much money at stake, even at the reduced rates the Chinese pay, and the opportunity to build such large projects, it's hard to imagine an architect resisting working there for long.

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