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.
“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. ”
“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. ”
“[A]n intense mediation on the role of democracy in architecture, the role of the critic in that democracy and the dilemmas facing an architect who wants to make a difference (by working with that democracy) but needs to make a living (by pleasing an economic and political elite)...One of the most impressive collections of contemporary criticism you could read.”
“All Over the Map is a pleasure to read”