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250 Things an Architect Should Know Michael Sorkin

Two Hundred and Fifty Things an Architect Should Know

Michael Sorkin

Details: Hardcover
Size: 5 x 7 IN
Pages: 144
Publication Date: 11/02/2021
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781648960802


From iconic architect and critic Michael Sorkin comes a joyful celebration of architecture and city-making, told through his famous list, in one beautiful, illustrated book.

Equal parts poetic, practical, playful, and wise, Two Hundred and Fifty Things an Architect Should Know presents a compelling and perceptive list of essential knowledge that Michael Sorkin composed during his renowned career as an architect, urbanist, critic, and force for justice and equity in design. In this first posthumous collection of Sorkin's work, entries are paired with 100 poignant and elegant color and black-and-white photographs, illustrations, and archival images. The handsome, foil-stamped cover and timeless design makes this the perfect gift for architects, students of architecture, and design-savvy urbanists.



"Sorkin’s musings range from the practical, like familiarizing yourself with the color wheel, or the energy embodied in aluminum, to more existential topics, like what makes you happy. In all, the book offers a multitude of takeaways that will at the very least enrich your own creative practice, and at the very best, will bring new perspective to your life."

– Dwell

"This posthumous collection, paired with 100 photographs, illustrations, and archival images of his work, is a practical, poetic, and playful compilation of the knowledge he amassed in [Michael Sorkin's] career."

– Fast Company

"Essential knowledge for architects in this compact and charming volume."

– Architectural Record

"Filled with photographs, illustrations and archival images, the anthology imparts wisdom for architects and non-architects alike. Above all, it serves as a poignant reminder that the practice of design is as much a product of technical skill as of inherent curiosity — both an intellectual, creative pursuit and a fundamentally human experience."

– Azure Magazine (Canada)

Michael Sorkin (1948-2020) was an architect, urbanist, teacher, writer, and critic, who authored numerous articles and books. He was principal of Michael Sorkin Studio in New York City, president of the nonprofit Terreform, director of the Graduate Program in Urban Design at City College of New York (CCNY), and architecture critic for the Village Voice. He remained an outspoken critic of misguided architecture, urban inequality, oppressive ideologies, and other impediments to truly egalitarian and sustainable societies his whole life.