“All Over The Map”

This month’s book has been a collection of essays by Michael Sorkin from 2001 to 2010 brought together in All Over The Map: Writings on Buildings and Cities (Verso, NY 2011).  Most of these pieces appeared first in the “Architectural Record,” and they cover urbanism in general, along with sequences of chronological essays on subjects such as the design of the Ground Zero site, and the land use issues associated with the failed 2012 Olympics bid.

These are highly New York-centric stories, in general, seen by an active participant in the New York architecture business, but Sorkin manages to capture the broader issues that expand beyond his chosen specific examples.  Very useful, real time experience.  Highly recommended.

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