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Exquisite Corpse: Writings on Buildings

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  11 ratings  ·  3 reviews
‘Exquisite Corpse’ was a game played by the surrealists in which someone drew on a piece of paper, folded it and passed it to the next person to draw on until, finally, the sheet was opened to reveal a calculated yet random composition. In this entertaining and provocative book, Michael Sorkin suggests that cities are similarly assembled by many players acting with varying ...more
Paperback, 376 pages
Published August 17th 1994 by Verso (first published June 1st 1991)
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Rory Hyde
Sorkin is the essential 'activist critic', deploying barbs against proposed developments in NYC to sway public opinion. Always humanist, often humorous, when not too enraged. Every city needs one.
A great compilation of many of Sorkin's Village Voice essays. Great stuff generally (see especially "SOM Story").
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I started this at some point. Sorkin keeps badmouthing Goldberger, so I stopped and read some Goldberger.
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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 arc ...more
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