Michael Sorkin Pulls No Punches in New Book of Criticism

Norman Weinstein reviews Sorkin's new book All Over the Map. Sorkin, he says, is at his best when exposing the injustices of architecture.

All Over the Map: Writing on Buildings and Cities, is a collection of essays that appeared in The Architectural Record and other publications.

Weinstein says that Sorkin's criticism possesses "a vinegary tang":

"With so much architectural criticism today veering between laudatory portraits of architectural celebrities on the one hand, and ideological and theoretically-loaded cultural critiques of architects on the other, it is refreshing to read a critic who scans the landscape exposing scams, and heralding genuinely livable, sustainable, and occasionally even affordable urban architecture."

Weinstein pulls some choice quotes, including Sorkin's take on Rem Koolhaas' Prada store.

Full Story: Michael Sorkin: Architectural Critic as Scam Scanner and Urban(e) Design Sage


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