Person Place Thing is an interview show based on this idea: people are particularly engaging when they speak not directly about themselves but about something they care about. Moshe Safdie discusses one person, one place, and one thing that is important to him: Bernard Rudofsky, Jerusalem, and Bees. These speak to early influences on Habitat '67, designing within areas of a sensitive heritage, and a young love for urban agriculture.
"Design is a response to a set of life-supporting issues. Just as a bee hive has evolved to support the survival of the bees, so our architecture needs to evolve in response to these multiple forces that we as architects try to shape and understand. That is true humility, to say that you are an instrument as an architect"
- Moshe Safdie
Person: Bernard Rudofsky Place: Jerusalem Thing: bees
Randy Cohen’s first professional work was writing humor pieces, essays and stories for newspapers and magazines (The New Yorker, Harpers, the Atlantic, Young Love Comics). His first television work was writing for Late Night with David Letterman for which he won three Emmy awards. His fourth Emmy was for his work on Michael Moore’s TV Nation. He received a fifth Emmy as a result of a clerical error, and he kept it. For twelve years he wrote “The Ethicist,” a weekly column for the The New York Times Magazine. His most recent book (an optimistic formulation) is Be Good: How to Navigate the Ethics of Everything.