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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...
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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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 warns the audience that his lecture will be the first presentation of his introduction to an upcoming book...
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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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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.


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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November 6, 2013 | Video Lecturer:

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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 warns the audience that his lecture will be the first presentation of his introduction to an upcoming book on the history of the architectural project. He begins by defining architectural form as a representation of ethos, in the sense of character but also in the sense of shared habits and beliefs. The earliest concept of the architectural project–a mediation between the designer and the builder–can be seen in Vitruvius. Aureli characterizes the Ten Books on Architecture as one of many attempts by intellectuals of the early Roman Empire to rewrite existing knowledge. Vitruvius stressed architecture as the organization of cities and the building of civic spaces–a brief which includes war machines.


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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.