SA+P Alumni in the Media: Week of Sep. 11

Lynne Sagalyn’s "Power at Ground Zero” revisited
This week, SA+P revisits "Power at Ground Zero: Politics, Money, and the Rebuilding of Lower Manhattan," by MIT DUSP alumna Lynne Sagalyn PhD ’80. A comprehensive examination of 16-acres of Manhattan real estate and the financial and political struggles over it since the 2001 terrorist attack, Sagalyn's book traces the redevelopment of Ground Zero in lower Manhattan, revealing its true drivers– real estate money and political power. Read a recent review at Architectural Record.

Norman Leventhal Day
This year, in honor of Norman B. Leventhal’s 100th Birthday, Governor Charlie Baker officially declared August 30, 2017 to be Norman B. Leventhal Day in Massachusetts. With the help of real estate developer, philanthropist, and map fanatic Norman B. Leventhal ’38, his development firm Beacon Companies undertook notable projects like One Post Office Square, South Station, Rowes Wharf, the Hotel Meridien, and Center Plaza, which remain iconic components of Boston’s neighborhoods to this day. Read a tribute to Leventhal in Boston Magazine.

Raffi Krikorian on DNC cybersecurity
New Democratic National Committee Chief Technology Officer, Raffi Krikorian SM ’04 (MAS) talks to WIRED about his new role, his plans for securing the party’s infrastructure, and why he’s trying to phish his own staff.

Steve Weikal on what “fracking” means to commercial real estate
In an interview with, Steve Weikal MCP ’08 previews his upcoming IREM Global panel, “Real Estate Fracking: Impact of the Sharing Economy on Commercial Real Estate.”

Amino Labs: Tech moves to the head of the 21st century classroom
Founded by Julie Legault SM ’08 (MAS), Amino Labs engages K-8 students in complex STEM topics such as synthetic biology and bioengineering through minilabs and kits that take a learn-by-doing approach to encourage exploration and innovation. The kits, which Legault and crew liken to “Easy-Bake ovens” for biotechnology, come with everything students need to engineer bacteria, make fragrances, and play around with DNA—all practical exercises that allow them to develop an intimate understanding of these complex topics. Technology Review.