All Over the Map
Writing on Buildings and Cities
HardbackHardback with free ebook
320 pages / July 2011 / 9781844673230
Not in stock
320 pages / March 2013 / 9781781680582
PaperbackPaperback with free ebook
320 pages / February 2013 / 9781844672202
The celebrated radical architect returns with an anthology on the politics and culture of architecture.
All Over the Map is an urgent response to the radical changes in contemporary architecture and the built environment witnessed in the twenty-first century. Characteristically polemic, incisive and energetic, these essays explore pressing questions of architectural and urban design, and critical issues of public space and participation. From New York to New Orleans, the Amazon to Jerusalem, Sorkin brings a critical eye to bear on a sweeping range of subjects.
Whether castigating the sorry performance of the architectural avant-garde, considering the nature of place in globalized culture, or providing mock instructions for entering a high-security environment, these writings make a powerful and provocative case for architecture and urban design to re-engage with the lives and societies from which they have become increasingly detached.
“Sorkin is one of the most intelligent writers on architecture today.”
“Sorkin is a formidable opponent of the banal, the ugly, the stupid and the vapidly posturing which, he argues, are all around us.”
“Easily one of the best architecture critics around ... Sorkin is a flâneur with a sense of public purpose.”