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All Over the Map: Writing on Buildings and Cities

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All Over the Map is an urgent response to the radical changes in contemporary architecture and the built environment witnessed in the twenty-first century. 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 Ama ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 25th 2011 by Verso
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Aug 07, 2013 julie rated it liked it
a decade's worth of essays on architecture, largely focused on new york and the aftermath of 9/11. at times, sorkin sounds like a disappointed, petulant child for being on the sidelines of the rebuilding plans on the site of ground zero, but largely, he is a well-considered, erudite critic of not only the current state of architecture and urban planning, but historically informed as well. i'd have given it a 4, but i'm a little shocked by the amount of typos Verso allowed to slip into this book, ...more
Dec 28, 2014 Mattie rated it liked it
If I could I'd give this a solid 3.5. His set of essays on architecture & planning are articulate and opinionated. There are number of essays on the Ground Zero 9/11 memorial project, which provide insight into the role of architecture as public discourse, but also into how politics and atmospherics shape the public space. Interesting if you like architecture and public policy.
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A collection of essays. Some good, some not so good. It's probably far more interesting if you're from NYC or actually working in the architecture field.

Sorkin's writing style got in the way of my understanding at various points. I can't explain why. Was it word choice? Sentence structure? Long paragraphs? All I know is that at times it became hard to discern his point.
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I was surprised by the amount of essays that were about post 9/11. Sorkin is hard to follow sometimes. I enjoyed the unapolegetic essays as to why plans change.
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Michael Sorkin (born 1948, Washington, D.C.) is an American architectural critic and author of several hundred articles in a wide range of both professional and general publications. He is the Principal of Michael Sorkin Studio in New York City, a design practice devoted to both practical and theoretical projects at all scales, with special interest in sustainable urban environments/green city ...more
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