"All Over the Map" is Michael Sorkin's urgent response to radical changes in contemporary architecture and the built environment since 9/11. 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 post 9/11, 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 increasingly become detached.
MICHAEL SORKIN is an award-winning architect, and Distinguished Professor of Architecture and Director of the Graduate Program in Urban Design at the City College of New York. His previous books include The Next Jerusalem, After the World Trade Center and Exquisite Corpse.