All Over the Map: Writing on Buildings and Cities


The celebrated radical architect returns with an anthology on the politics and culture of architecture.

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The celebrated radical architect returns with an anthology on the politics and culture of architecture.

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Editorial Reviews

Chris Hall - Guardian
“Easily one of the best architecture critics around ... Sorkin is a flaneur with a sense of public purpose.”
America's most invigorating writer on architecture.
Easily one of the best architecture critics around ... Sorkin is a flaneur with a sense of public purpose.— Chris Hall
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“Sorkin is one of the most intelligent writers on architecture today.”—Library Journal

“Sorkin is a formidable opponent of the banal, the ugly, the stupid and the vapidly posturing which, he argues, are all around us.”—Publishers Weekly

“Easily one of the best architecture critics around ... Sorkin is a flâneur with a sense of public purpose.”—Chris Hall, Guardian

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844672202
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 2/12/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,430,627
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction xi

1 The Second-Greatest Generation 1

2 Herb's Content 7

3 Notes on a Tennessee Town 9

4 After the Fall 12

5 What Remains 15

6 First Response 18

7 The Center Cannot Hold 20

8 Six Months 27

9 Thinking Inside the Box 31

10 The Dimensions of Aura 35

11 The World Peace Dome 38

12 The Lotus 40

13 Security 42

14 A Brief for Reconstruction 46

15 Riff on Rem 47

16 Herbert's List 51

17 Splitsville, USA: Why the Practice and Teaching of Urban Design Is Coming Apart 54

18 Urbanism Is Politics 58

19 On SITE 61

20 Who Decides? 68

21 No Island Is an Island 71

22 Obstructed Vision 75

23 Remembering Doug Michels 79

24 The Avant-Garde in Time of War 82

25 And Then There Were Two 87

26 Density Noodle 92

27 Caveat Competitor 100

28 (S)Truth and Consequences 104

29 Entering the Building 110

30 Urban Warfare: A Tour of the Battlefield 113

31 Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll, Cars, Dolphins, and Architecture 125

32 Displacement 132

33 Crippled in the City 135

34 The Limits of Tolerance 139

35 When Good Architects Design Bad Buildings 143

36 Advice to Critics 147

37 Liberty Square 151

38 Bush in Space 155

39 Architecture and Revolution 160

40 What Can You Say About The Pritzker? 163

41 A Trip to Tijuana 169

42 Seven Chairs 170

43 A Letter to Bob 173

44 Into the Woods 177

45 Cardinal Points 180

46 My Last Philippic 185

47 Gulf States 188

48 People Who Live in Urban Glass Houses 192

49 Ten Better Places for a Football Stadium 195

50 Finding a Dramatic Home for a Political Football 206

51 The Great Mall of New York 209

52 The Bounding Mayne 221

53 Drowning in the Gulf Again 226

54 Sincerely Jane Jacobs 231

55 Are You Now or Have You Ever Been? 236

56 Stuyvesant Town 241

57 How I Invented Asia 246

58 Everybody's a Critic! 263

59 Go Down Moses! 273

60 The Jungle Urban: Welcome to Petropolis 277

61 Trumped Again 281

62 Asian Alterity: What's the Diference? 285

63 The End(s) of Urban Design 287

64 Big Brother Is Charging You 310

65 West Side Story 314

66 An Architectural Tourist on Omotesando 319

67 Learning from the Hutong of Beijing and Lilong of Shanghai 323

68 Covering the Territory: Three Films by Amos Gitai 327

69 Bucky and Me 333

70 Three Freedoms 338

71 The Plot against Architecture 344

72 A Letter to President Obama 351

73 A Cut through the City 356

74 Trouble in Paradise 360

75 Discipline and Punish 364

76 Eutopia Now! 369

Acknowledgments 391

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