Exquisite Corpse (Paperback)
Writings on Buildings (Haymarket Series)
Verso, 9780860916871, 376pp.
Publication Date: August 17, 1994
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Sorkin’s aim is to widen the debate about the creation of buildings beyond the immediate issues of technology and design. He discusses the politics and culture of architecture with daring, often devastating, observations about the institutions and personalities who have dominated the profession over the past decade. Their preoccupation with the empty style of ‘beach houses and Disneyland’ has consistently trivialized the full constructive scope of contemporary architecture’s possibilities.
Sorkin’s intervetions range from the development scandals of New York where ‘skyscrapers stand at the intersection between grid and greed’, through the deconstructivist architectural culture of Los Angeles, to the work and ideas of architects, developers and critics such as Alvar Aalto, Norman Foster, Paul Goldberger, Michael Graves, Coop Himmelblau, Philip Johnson, Leon Krier, Frank Llyod Wright, Richard Rogers, Carlo Scarpa, James Stirling, Donald Trump, Tom Wolfe and Lebbeus Woods. Throughout Sorkin combines stinging polemic with a powerful call for a rebirth of architecture that is visionary and experimental—a recuperated ‘dreamy science’.
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Praise For Exquisite Corpse: Writings on Buildings (Haymarket Series)…
“Michael Sorkin is the Lenny Bruce of American architecture: satirist, moralist, agent provocateur ... .His courageous, outrageous and often hilarious insights into the architectural culture of our times are expressed with antic brilliance and deep conviction.”—House and Garden
“To read Sorkin is to discover a genuine love of urbanism’s best offerings and a humanistically rooted disdain for the greedy and opportunistic types who view the city as a deregulated zone for plundering.”—Chicago Tribune
“... a formidable opponent of the banal, the ugly, the stupid and the vapidly posturing which, he argues, are all around us ... a punchy, provocative collection.”—Publishers Weekly
“A thorn in the flesh of America’s more complacent architects—especially the postmodernists—Sorkin proves that it’s possible to write with wit, passion and insight about architecture.”—The Guardian (London)
“Michael Sorkin’s brand of writing ... is to thoughtful criticism what the Ayatollah Khomeini is to religious tolerance ...”—Paul Goldberger