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Michael Sorkin How Green Is My City
Michael Sorkin argues that as the globe urbanizes, the city as a sustainable, equitable and beautiful site of social...
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Michael Sorkin outlines the current state of urban life worldwide, arguing that even as the globe becomes urbanized, the city as...
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Michael Sorkin outlines his research into ways of enabling New York City to produce its own food.
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Michael Sorkin discusses projects for new cities: Weed, Arizona (1994), Houguan Lake Ecological City (2010) and Qingtan Lake...
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Sarah Whiting discusses "Notes around the Doppler Effect and Other Moods of Modernism," an article in Perspecta #33,...
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Keller Easterling discusses the current global proliferation of generic urban environments, which she calls "matrix...
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Pier Vittorio Aureli describes the rebirth of European cities in the 10th-12th centuries in terms of their significance shifting...
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Pier Vittorio Aureli discusses Nicholas de La Mare, whose 1707 Traité de la Police extends the concept of controlling...

Michael Sorkin How Green Is My City

October 13, 2014 | Video Lecturer:
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Michael Sorkin argues that as the globe urbanizes, the city as a sustainable, equitable and beautiful site of social possibilities is disappearing. He discusses his projects for new cities in Arizona and China, and describes his research into ways of enabling New York City to produce its own food.

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Eric Owen Moss introduces Michael Sorkin as an author, architect, planner, and educator who defies the convention of...

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Michael Sorkin outlines the current state of urban life worldwide, arguing that even as the globe becomes urbanized, the city as a sustainable, equitable and beautiful site of social possibilities is in danger of disappearing. He insists that the master plan remains a necessary tool for designers.


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Sarah Whiting discusses “Notes around the Doppler Effect and Other Moods of Modernism,” an article in Perspecta #33, 2002, which she wrote with Robert Somol to attack the anti-object trend as critical posing, derived from simplistic opposition between object and context. As a counter-example of how objects and context interrelate, she discusses her research into the development of IIT campus within the context of Chicago’s South Side.


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Keller Easterling discusses the current global proliferation of generic urban environments, which she calls “matrix space.” Though promoted by “quants and McKinsey consultants,” these projects are often unprofitable, and unsustainable. Easterling stresses how they tend to leave spatial forms as their only and most enduring legacy. She argues that architects need to augment their knowledge of object form with skills in developing active forms–designing systems of growth and contagion. She cites the rule-based, open-ended Oglethorpe Plan for Savannah as a precedent.


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Pier Vittorio Aureli describes the rebirth of European cities in the 10th-12th centuries in terms of their significance shifting from military to economic functions. He discusses Ambrogio Lorenzetti’s 14th century Allegory of Good and Bad Government in Siena as an illustration of the early renaissance focus on maximizing individual productivity while minimizing the inevitable social conflicts. He describes perspective, as developed by Alberti and Brunelleschi as a technique of measuring and ordering space. In the same way, their architectural designs, such as Alberti’s Palazzo Rucellai (circa 1451), stress intelligibility, and modular systems that can project out into the city.


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Pier Vittorio Aureli discusses Nicholas de La Mare, whose 1707 Traité de la Police extends the concept of controlling and organizing the city from construction to services. Aureli stresses how de La Mare presented his argument not as established principles, but as possible approaches to be verified by empirical evidence. He goes on to discuss Ildefons Cerdà’s 1859 plan for the extension of Barcelona as the first plan based on data, designed to maximize circulation. Cerdà innovated the concept of “urbanization,” and Aureli notes that his Teoría General de la Urbanización appeared in 1867, the same year as Karl Marx’s Kapital. Aureli discusses the Paris Commune of 1871 as an eruption of urban class war which all subsequent city planning attempted to tame.