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Sorkin, Michael 1948-

Works: 120 works in 466 publications in 6 languages and 11,570 library holdings
Genres: History  Architectural drawings  Designs and plans  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Exhibition catalogs 
Roles: Author, Editor, Interviewee, Contributor, Author of introduction, Other, zxx, Creator, Artist
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After the World Trade Center : rethinking New York City by Michael Sorkin( )

17 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and held by 1,548 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays consider the recovery of lower Manhattan after the destruction of the World Trade Center, looking back on New York's position as a financial and cultural capital and examining the forces that will shape the future of the World Trade Center site
Starting from zero : reconstructing downtown New York by Michael Sorkin( )

15 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 1,127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The reconstruction of the World Trade Center's ruins will undoubtedly be one of the most expensive planning and construction efforts in history, and certainly the most publicized event of its kind. And what emerges will have an enormous impact on all New Yorkers. But in assessing the result, the paths that were not considered are just as important as the ones that were. Starting from Zero offers a stirring indictment of the process that did happen - business and politics as usual, mostly - as well as a robust vision of what could have emerged from the Trade Center's destruction if a more democratic planning vision had been pursued."--Jacket
Variations on a theme park : the new American city and the end of public space by Michael Sorkin( Book )

35 editions published between 1992 and 2011 in English and Spanish and held by 991 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

America's cities are being rapidly transformed by a sinister and homogenous design. A new Kind of urbanism--manipulative, dispersed, and hostile to traditional public space--is emerging both at the heart and at the edge of town in megamalls, corporate enclaves, gentrified zones, and pseudo-historic marketplaces. If anything can be described as a paradigm for these places, it's the theme park, an apparently benign environment in which all is structured to achieve maximum control and in which the idea of authentic interaction among citizens has been thoroughly purged. In this bold collection, eight of our leading urbanists and architectural critics explore the emblematic sites of this new cityscape--from Silicon Valley to Epcot Center, South Street Seaport to downtown Los Angeles--and reveal their disturbing implications for American public life
Some assembly required by Michael Sorkin( )

14 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 784 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Michael Sorkin is widely hailed as one of the best architecture critics writing today. Iconoclastic and often controversial, he is a witty, entertaining, yet ultimately serious writer. In this new collection, Sorkin reviews the state of contemporary architecture and surveys the dramatic changes in the urban environment of the past decade. From New York to New Delhi, from Shanghai to Cairo, Sorkin offers a sweeping assessment of the impact of globalization, environmental degradation, electronic media, rapid growth, and the legacies of modernist planning
Gehry talks : architecture + process by Mildred S Friedman( Book )

24 editions published between 1999 and 2003 in English and held by 583 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This generously illustrated presentation features 36 projects, Gehry's work from 1988 to the present. Friedman documents Gehry's work from 1988 to the present, tracing his evolution from a Southern California architect known for his idiosyncratic use of materials, to an international figure that is redefining modernism with his sculpturally expressionistic work
Exquisite corpse : writing on buildings by Michael Sorkin( Book )

17 editions published between 1991 and 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 429 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the ground up : innovative green homes by Mark Robbins( )

8 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 375 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is said that the history of modern architecture can be observed through the evolution of the single-family home. Over generations, each has hoped to improve on the last, rethinking and reinventing this seemingly simple building type. At certain historic moments in the discourse, new ideas about domesticity have given form to radically different configurations of home and community. Current emphasis on sustainability presents a unique opportunity to design affordable houses that respond to specific economic, social, and environmental challenges. In From the Ground Up editor Peggy Tully presents the results of an international competition to create new models for affordable high-performance green homes in urban residential neighborhoods. Developed for a vacant infill site in Syracuse's Near Westside, these ambitious projects offer an array of innovative designs that provide a new vision for once-vital urban residential neighborhoods and well-designed energy-efficient homes throughout the United States
All over the map : writing on buildings and cities by Michael Sorkin( Book )

17 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

All Over the Map is Michael Sorkin's urgent response to radical changes in contemporary architecture and the built environment since 9/11. Characteristically polemic, incisive and energetic, these essays explore pressing questions of architectural and urban design, and critical issues of public space and participation. From New York to New Orleans, the Amazon to Jerusalem, Sorkin brings a critical eye to bear on a sweeping range of subjects. Whether castigating the sorry performance of the architectural avant-garde post 9/11, considering the nature of place in globalized culture, or providing mock instructions for entering a high-security environment, these writings make a powerful and provocative case for architecture and urban design to re-engage with the lives and societies from which they have increasingly become detached.--Book jacket
Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer by Michael Sorkin( Book )

23 editions published between 1981 and 1982 in 5 languages and held by 367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leven Betts : pattern recognition by David Leven( )

8 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Indefensible space : the architecture of the national insecurity state by Michael Sorkin( Book )

16 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and held by 362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Indefensible Space explores is the increasing envelopment of public space and life by an architecture of security/paranoia. From the most literal level, barriers in front of buildings, to more abstract levels, enhanced surveillance of public spaces
Against the wall : Israel's barrier to peace( Book )

7 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This groundbreaking survey includes specially written texts, photos and maps that offer a frank critique of the wall from a range of perspectives - legal, historical, architectural and philosophical. Renowned writer and architect Michael Sorkin has assembled commentary from various experts in the field
Emerging skylines : the new American skyscrapers by Fulvio Irace( Book )

6 editions published between 1988 and 1990 in English and held by 312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gehry talks : architecture + process by Frank O Gehry( Book )

4 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Gehry Talks: Architecture + Process documents all of his new work of this decade, tracing his evolution from a southern California architect known for his idiosyncratic use of materials and collaboration with local artists, to an international figure whose fluid, hitherto undreamt-of forms surge beyond the aesthetic and technical constraints of the twentieth century. From the titanium-wrapped curves of the Guggenheim Bilbao to the binocular facade of the Chiat-Day Headquarters in California, his innovative structural ideas evoke a sense of freedom and spontaneity while, at the same time, displaying the utmost control. Unbound by guidelines of symmetry or the grid's delineation, his structures spring forth, engaged in a seemingly limitless play of ideas - ever-changing in both the multitudinous combinations of shapes suggested by the form and the depth of the conceptual associations implied by the design. Fish and snake motifs birl upon his buildings' rippling surfaces, while light follows the asymmetrical trajectories of their metallic folds. Though controversial and daring, his works always possess an elegance that lends warmth and humane scope to each project, regardless of the level of innovation - as evinced in contexts as varying as the complicated, and unrealized, plan of the Lewis House in Lyndhurst, Ohio, or the clarity of the idea behind the Ustra office building in Hannover, Germany." "This illustrated presentation features twenty-four projects, including the Chiat-Day Headquarters in Venice, California; the Team Disneyland Administration Building in Anaheim, California; the Vitra Furniture Museum and Factory in Weil am Rhein, Germany; and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. The book features insightful essays by editor Mildred Friedman and architecture critic Michael Sorkin, as well as photographs of buildings that have been completed since the publication of the original volume."--Jacket
Giving ground : the politics of propinquity( Book )

12 editions published in 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This text is prompted by two phenomena whose paradoxical convergence is seen by some to be altering the experience of urban relations and city planning. On the one hand, forces of globalization push towards conditions of homogenization and deterritorialization, while on the other, a surging politics of identity barricades various groups behind particular claims and ignites violent persecutions. The covert relations between these two phenomena is the focus of this volume of essays. The contributors seek to address a number of broad questions, including: what is the role and limit of urban space in the expression of group and individual rights and desires?; do democratic social relations require spatial propinquity?; what, if any, are the characteristics of democratic urban space?; and what role does the individuality of cities play in the production of political culture?
Local code : the constitution of a city at 42°N latitude by Michael Sorkin( Book )

6 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Michael Sorkin Studio : wiggle by Michael Sorkin( Book )

12 editions published in 1998 in English and French and held by 232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the able hands of the Michael Sorkin Studio, progressive strategies of urban intervention and biological reinjection - as Tokyo's Godzilla and the East New York projects testify - are given innovative architectural form. Beyond the strength and breadth of the projects themselves, the work is enhanced by this volume's dramatic graphic presentation. Produced by the Studio, the "exquisite corpse" layout literally intertwines the projects, illustrating both their kinship and their strong contextual affiliations. With over two hundred color images, this book serves as an appropriate forum for the Studio's production and its increasing use of sophisticated imaging technologies
Distant stars by Samuel R Delany( Book )

1 edition published in 1981 in English and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Analyzing Ambasz( Book )

7 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Completing the volume is Sorkin's interview with Ambasz and Emilio, the self-described visionary and pragmatic sides of the designer's personality. Photographs and drawings accompany this debate that expands our understanding of Ambasz and his work."--Jacket
Whereabouts : new architecture with local identities by Susanna Sirefman( Book )

6 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Whereabouts is a study of eight prominent young North American architecture firms. For the most part working within a vocabulary of late modernism, these firms -- two from each point of the compass -- have been strongly influenced by regional concerns. Shim/Sutcliffe of Toronto and Brian MacKay-Lyons of Nova Scotia stand for the North; from the South are the offices of Rick Joy and Wendell Burnette, both of Phoenix. SHoP, based in New York City, and Wesley Wei, based in Philadelphia, are the firms from the East; Kuth/Ranieri Architecture of San Francisco and Lubowicki/Lanier Architects of El Segundo, California, represent the West. Each design office presents two or three buildings and projects documented with striking photographs as well as beautifully delineated presentation drawings. Three essays illuminate themes of an architecture that is both local and global
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Variations on a theme park : the new American city and the end of public space
Starting from zero : reconstructing downtown New YorkVariations on a theme park : the new American city and the end of public spaceSome assembly requiredGehry talks : architecture + processExquisite corpse : writing on buildingsAll over the map : writing on buildings and citiesLeven Betts : pattern recognitionIndefensible space : the architecture of the national insecurity state
Alternative Names
Michael Sorkin

Michael Sorkin architecte

Michael Sorkin Professor of Architecture

Sorkin, Michael

소킨, 마이클 1948-

ソーキン, マイケル