What Goes Up: The Right and Wrongs to the City (Hardback)Michael Sorkin (author)
Hardback 368 Pages / Published: 17/04/2018
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Michael Sorkin is one of the most forthright and engaging architectural writers in the world. In What Goes Up he charts the dehumanising regimes of mayors Bloomberg and De Blasio that created a city of glittering towers and increasing inequality. He looks at what has happened to Ground Zero, as a place of memory has been reconstructed by "staritects" and turned into malls. The city, he suggests, has to be reimagined from the street up on a human scale, to develop new ways to revitalise neighbourhoods. Alongside these essays on New York, Sorkin also brings his lifetime's experience as an architect to bear. He talks of the joy of observing a city in order to understand it. Why a young designer must learn to draw by hand rather than only use a computer. There are also personal encounters with some of the greatest names who have changed the city. Sorkin gets lost in Rio with Zaha Hadid; talks about the old Bronx with Marshall Berman; and gets on the wrong side of Daniel Libeskind.
Publisher: Verso Books
Number of pages: 368
Dimensions: 235 x 156 mm
"Easily one of the best architecture critics around ... Sorkin is a flaneur with a sense of public purpose." - Guardian "America's most invigorating writer on architecture." - The Observer "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 "What Goes Up is a series of pithy and piquant essays on the twin problems facing New York and many other large cities: affordability and climate change." - Bennett Baumer, The Indypendent
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