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Exquisite Corpse: Writing on Buildings

Sorkin, Michael

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ISBN 10: 0860913236 / ISBN 13: 9780860913238
Edité par Verso Books, New York / London, UK, 1991
Neuf(s) Etat : New Couverture rigide
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First edition 1991, first printing. Signed by author on ffep " Cheers! Michael Sorkin" with no names. Hardcover with DJ. Condition new, square tight and crisp book, no edgewear, no names no underlinings no highlights no bent page corners, Not a reminder. DJ new, bright and shiny, no teas no chips no edgewear, NOT clipped. 8vo, 365 pages, illustrated. N° de réf. du libraire 004153

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Titre : Exquisite Corpse: Writing on Buildings

Éditeur : Verso Books, New York / London, UK

Date d'édition : 1991

Reliure : Hardcover

Etat du livre :New

Etat de la jaquette : New

Signé : Signed by Author(s)

Edition : 1st Edition

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‘Exquisite Corpse’ was a game played by the surrealists in which someone drew on a piece of paper, folded it and passed it to the next person to draw on until, finally, the sheet was opened to reveal a calculated yet random composition. In this entertaining and provocative book, Michael Sorkin suggests that cities are similarly assembled by many players acting with varying autonomy in a complicit framework. An unfolding terrain of invention, the city is also a means of accommodating disparity, of contextualizing sometimes startling juxtapositions.

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 interventions 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 Lloyd 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’

About the Author:

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 books include The Next Jerusalem, After the World Trade Center, Twenty Minutes in Manhattan and All Over the Map.

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Art, Architecture, World an American history, First editions

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