Thursday, June 09, 2011

All Over the Map




All Over the Map
Michael Sorkin, Verso Books 2011

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. 

2 comments:

Ian Shimkoviak said...

lovely. That 3D mock up looks like it has a thin spine, but the mechanical has a nice hefty one. This is a cover that looks all that much more better when the spine has some substance. Nice work amigo.

Dan Mogford said...

Thanks Ian – you're right it's a nice chunky one! I should adjust the packshot to match...