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What Goes Up: The Right and Wrongs to the City

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A radical architect examines the changing fortunes of the contemporary city

Michael Sorkin is one of the most forthright and engaging architectural writers in the world. In What Goes Up he takes to task the public officials, developers, “civic” organizations, and other heroes of big money, who have made of Sorkin’s beloved New York a city of glittering towers and increa

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Kindle Edition, 369 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by Verso
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Lung Danut-Lucian
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
„For the past seventeen years, I’ve directed the Graduate Program in Urban Design at the City College of New York—the legendary CCNY, erstwhile “Harvard of the working class.” (We prefer to think of Harvard as the CCNY of the ruling class.) The college is part of a much larger institution—the City University of New York—which serves more than a quarter of a million students. It is underfunded, disorganized, a frequent political football, and occasionally a titanic bureaucratic pain in the ass. B ...more
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Sep 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I took this with me on a holiday to New York (from the UK), as a way of keeping myself occupied while also learning more about my surroundings in bite-size chunks mixing praise and criticism.

It worked reasonably well, keeping me occupied while I waited for food to arrive or rode the subway, etc. Standouts for me were the articles on Ground Zero and on how cities need to sustain a jumble of activities and styles side-by-side in order to be interesting and democratic.

It isn't always an easy read,
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Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Michael Sorkin reads like a present-day Lewis Mumford: erudite, witty, passionate, cranky, occasionally obscure and sometimes overly intellectual. But all in all it's an interesting and wide-ranging disquisition on the potential and the fallibility of architecture and design. Most of the essays focus on New York, and I appreciated those parts the most. A lot of thoughtful and biting commentary on how New York's 21st century architecture reflects and even intensifies power dynamics in the city. T ...more
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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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