Michael David Sorkin
August 2, 1948
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Died||March 26, 2020 (aged 71)|
|Occupation||Architect, urban designer, writer, educator|
|Spouse(s)||Joan Copjec (married 1982-2020)|
|Practice||Michael Sorkin Studio|
Michael David Sorkin (August 2, 1948 – March 26, 2020) was an American architectural and urban critic, designer, and educator. He was considered to be "one of architecture’s most outspoken public intellectuals," a polemical voice in contemporary culture and the design of urban places at the turn of the twenty-first century. Sorkin first rose to prominence as an architectural critic for the Village Voice in New York City, a post which he held for a decade throughout the 1980s. In the ensuing years, he taught at prominent universities around the world, practiced through his eponymous firm, established a nonprofit book press, and directed the urban design program at the City College of New York. He died at age 71 during the COVID-19 pandemic due to complications brought on by COVID-19.
Early Life and education
Sorkin was born in Washington, D.C. in 1948. He was an architect and urbanist whose practice spanned design, planning, criticism, and teaching. Sorkin received a bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago in 1969, and a masters in architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.Arch '74). Sorkin also held a master's degree in English from Columbia University (MA '70). He was founding principal of the Michael Sorkin Studio, a New York-based global design practice with special interests in urban planning, urban design and green urbanism.
Early career and rise to prominence
Sorkin was house architecture critic for The Village Voice in the 1980s, and he authored numerous articles and books on the subjects of contemporary architecture, design, cities, and the role of democracy in architecture.
Sorkin was an educator at the collegiate level. He held positions of professor of urbanism and director of Institute of Urbanism of the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna from 1993 to 2000, He was a visiting professor to many schools, including, for ten years, the Cooper Union of New York. Sorkin also held the Hyde Chair at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Architecture, the Davenport Chair at Yale University School of Architecture, and the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Eliel Saarinen Visiting Professorship, University of Michigan. He was a guest lecturer and critic at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, University of Illinois: Urbana Champaign, Aarhus School of Architecture, Copenhagen, Denmark, and the London Consortium. He also taught at a number of institutions including Columbia University, London's Architectural Association and American schools Cooper Union, and Harvard University.
Dedicated to architectural education for social change, Sorkin oversaw fieldwork in distressed environments such as Johannesburg, South Africa and Havana, Cuba. He co-organized "Project New Orleans" with collaborators Carol McMichael Reese and Anthony Fontenot, to support the post-Katrina city. In 2008, Sorkin was appointed Distinguished Professor of Architecture of the City University of New York.
He was a principal in the Michael Sorkin Studio. The studio in New York City focuses primarily on professional practice in the urban public realm. Sorkin designed environmental projects in Hamburg, Germany, and proposed master plans for the Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem, and the Brooklyn waterfront and Queens Plaza in New York City. His urban studies have been the subject of gallery exhibits, and in 2010, he received the American Academy of Arts and Letters award in architecture. Sorkin presented regularly at regional, national, and international conferences, and he served as adviser and juror on numerous professional committees, including The Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition, The Aga Khan Trust for Culture's Aga Khan Award for Architecture, Chrysler Design Award, the New York City Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture, Architectural League of New York, and in the area of design writing and commentary, for Core 77.
Urban planning projects (selection)
- 1994: Masterplan for the Brooklyn Waterfront.
- 1994: Proposal for Südraum Leipzig
- 1998: Alternative University of Chicago campus masterplan.
- 2001: Proposal for Arverne Urban Renewal Area on the Rockaway peninsula, Queens, N.Y.
- 2001: A Plan For Lower Manhattan.
- 2004: Project for Penang Peaks, Penang, Malaysia.
- 2005: Masterplan for New City, Chungcheong, South Korea.
- 2009: Seven Star Hotel, Tianjin Highrise Building, Tianjin, China.
- 2010: Case Study: Feeding New York in New York. 3rd International Holcim Forum 2010 in Mexico City.
- 2010: Plan for Lower Manhattan. Exhibition, Our Cities Ourselves: The Future of Transportation in Urban Life Center for Architecture, Greenwich Village, N.Y.
- 2012: concept for Xi'an, China Airport Office Building
- 2013: 28+: MOMA PS1 Rockaway.
- 2013: New York City Football Stadium Site Survey.
- 2013: An alternative proposal for NYU.
Writing and publishing
Sorkin had a broad career as an architecture writer. He wrote on the topics of contemporary architecture and urban dynamics, along the dimensions of environmentalism, sustainability, pedestrianization, public space, urban culture, and the legacy of modernist approaches to urban planning. He was a member of the International Committee of Architectural Critics. For ten years, Sorkin was architecture critic for The Village Voice, and he wrote for Architectural Record, The New York Times, The Architectural Review, Metropolis, Mother Jones, Vanity Fair, the Wall Street Journal, Architectural Review, and The Nation. As a volume editor, he organized multi-authored publications, and he contributed essays to a range of architecture publications. He also authored 20 books.
Sorkin died on March 26, 2020, from complications brought on by COVID-19 in Manhattan. His death was among the design profession's most prominent losses during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic — making news internationally and met with an outpouring of tributes and obituaries in mainstream, leftist, and architectural media.
Awards and Recognitions
- 2009, 2010: American Academy of Arts & Sciences Fellow.
- 2010: Graham Foundation Architecture Award
- 2011 Graham Foundation, for New York City (Steady) State with Robin Balles and Christian Eusebio.
- 2013: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Design Mind Award.
- 2015: John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow in Architecture, Planning and Design
- Sorkin, M. & Beede Howe, M. (1981) Go Blow Your Nose. New York: St. Martin's Press.
- Sorkin, M. (1991) Exquisite Corpse: Writing on Buildings. London: Verso.
- Sorkin, M. (1993) Local Code: The Constitution of a City at 42° N Latitude. New York: Princeton Architectural Press. (1993)
- Sorkin, M. (1997) Traffic In Democracy. Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan College of Architecture and Urban Planning.
- Sorkin, M. (2001) Some Assembly Required. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
- Sorkin, M. (2002) Pamphlet Architecture 22 : Other Plans: University of Chicago Studies, 1998–2000.New York: Princeton Architectural Press.
- Sorkin, M. (2003) Starting From Zero: Reconstructing Downtown New York. New York : Routledge.
- Sorkin, M. (ed.) (2005) "Against the Wall: Israel's Barrier to Peace." New York : Norton.
- Sorkin, M. (2008) Indefensible Space : The Architecture of the National Insecurity State. New York : Routledge.
- Sorkin, M. (2009) Twenty Minutes in Manhattan. London: Reaktion.
- Sorkin, M. (2011) All Over The Map: Writing on Buildings and Cities. London: Verso.
- Sorkin, M. (2018) What Goes Up: The Right and Wrongs to the City London: Verso.
- Sorkin, M., "The Domestic Apparatus." In Ranalli, G., "George Ranalli : buildings and projects." Princeton Architectural Press, 1988.
- Sorkin, M., "Ciao Manhattan." In Klotz, H. "New York architecture, 1970–1990." New York, N.Y: Rizzoli International, 1989. Publications.
- Sorkin, M., "Forward." In Vanlaethem, F.,"Gaetano Pesce : architecture, design, art." New York : Rizzoli, 1989.
- Sorkin, M., "Nineteen millennial mantras." In Noever, P.(ed.), "Architecture in transition: Between deconstruction and new modernism." Munich: Prestel, 1991.
- Sorkin, M., "Introduction: Variations on a Theme Park." In Sorkin, M. (ed.), "Variations on a Theme Park : Scenes From The Few American City and the End of Public Space." Hill and Wang, 1992, pp. xi-xv.
- Sorkin, M., "Preface." In "Hugh Hardy, Malcolm Holzman, and Norman Pfeiffer: Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates Buildings and projects, 1967–1992." New York: Rizzoli International, 1992.
- Sorkin, M., "Ten for TEN." In TEN Arquitectos (Firm), "TEN Arquitectos: Enrique Norten, Bernardo Gómez-Pimienta." New York: Monacelli Press, 1998.
- Sorkin, M., "Introduction: Traffic in Democracy." In Joan Copjec, (ed.), "Giving ground : the politics of propinquity." London: Verso, 1999.
- Sorkin, M., "Frozen Light." In Friedman, M. (ed.), "Gehry talks : architecture + process." New York : Rizzoli, 1999.
- Sorkin, M. "Measure of Comfort." In Chambers, K. & Sorkin, M.(eds.), "Comfort : reclaiming place in a virtual world." Cleveland, Ohio : Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, 2001, pp. i-xi.
- Sorkin, M., "The Center Cannot Hold." In Sorkin, S. & Zukin, S.(eds.), "After the World Trade Center: Rethinking New York City." New York City: Routledge, 2002.
- Sorkin, M. (ed.), "The next Jerusalem: sharing the divided city." New York, NY: Monacelli Press, 2002.
- Sorkin, M., "Sex, drugs, rock and roll, cars, dolphins, and architecture." In Lewallen, C., Seid, S., Lord, C., & Ant Farm (Design group)(eds.),"Ant Farm, 1968–1978." Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004.
- Sorkin, M., "More or less." In Brown, D.J.(ed.),"The HOME House Project : the future of affordable housing," Winston Salem: Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, 2004.
- Sorkin, M., "Lunch With Emilio." In Ambasz, E. & Dodds, J., (eds.), "Analyzing Ambasz." New York, Monacelli Press, 2004.
- Sorkin, M., "With the Grain." In Sirefman, S., Sorkin, M.(eds.), "Whereabouts: New architecture with local identities." New York: Monacelli Press, 2004.
- Sorkin, M., "The second greatest generation." In Saunders, W. S., & Frampton, K. "Commodification and spectacle in architecture: A Harvard design magazine reader." Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2005, pp. 22–33.
- Sorkin, M., "Introduction: Saratoga Springs!," in Ranalli, G., "Saratoga, George Ranalli" San Rafael, Calif.: Oro Editions, 2009, pp. 6–11.
- Sorkin, M., "Forward." In "Miguel Ángel Aragonés" New York: Rizzoli, 2013.
- Sorkin, M., Essay. In Abbott, C., "In/formed by the land: The architecture of Carl Abbott." San Francisco, Calif.: Oro Editions, 2013.
- Fontenot, A., McReese, C., Sorkin, M. (eds.), "New Orleans under Reconstruction: The Crisis of Planning." London: Verso, 2014.
- Sorkin, M., "Preface." In Durán Calisto, A.M., Altwicker, M., Sorkin, M., (eds.), "Beyond Petropolis: Designing a Practical Utopia in Nueva Loja." Shinzen, China: Oscar Riera Ojeda Publishers, 2015.
- "Michael Sorkin Weds Joan K. Copjec, Editor". New York Times. February 3, 1982. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
- Quito, Anne (March 28, 2020). "Michael Sorkin, architecture's brilliant sage, has died of complications from Covid-19". Quartz – via Yahoo!.
- Giovannini, Joseph (March 29, 2020). "Michael Sorkin, 71, Dies; Saw Architecture as a Vehicle for Change". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 4, 2020.
- Caves, R. W. (2004). Encyclopedia of the City. Routledge. pp. 622. ISBN 9780415252256.
- Gibson, Eleanor (March 27, 2020). "'Fierce and brilliant' architect and critic Michael Sorkin dies of coronavirus". Dezeen.
- Wilson, Mark (March 27, 2020). "CORONAVIRUS CRISIS: Celebrated architect and critic Michael Sorkin dies from COVID-19 complications". Fast Company. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
The novel coronavirus claims the life of a vocal, progressive leader in the architecture community.
- Pacheco, Antonio (March 26, 2020). "Michael Sorkin, visionary and incisive architect, educator, critic, has passed away from COVID-19". Archinect News. Retrieved March 26, 2020.
- Caves, Roger W. (July 12, 2005). Encyclopedia of the City (1 ed.). Routledge. p. 424. ISBN 978-0-415-25225-6.
- Binkovitz, Leah. "The Design Future of New York as Seen by Urbanist Michael Sorkin". smithsonian.com. Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum.
- Yoe, Mary Ruth (February 2004). "Everybody's A Critic: Michael Sorkin, AB'69". The University of Chicago Magazine. Vol. 96 no. 3.
- "Michael Sporkin: Architecture Critic". The Nation. 2015.
- Risen, Clay (July 7, 2009). "Vexed Village: An Architect's Daily Commute Inspires Sweeping Critique of City". The Observer.
- Sorkin, Michael; Panek, Christian; Ambros Spiluttini, Ambros; Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Wien (1996). A city nearby : Michael Sorkin summer studio 94, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Wien: Böhlau. ISBN 978-3-205-98600-3.
- LeGates, Richard T.; Stout, Frederic (August 23, 2003). The City Reader (3 ed.). Routledge. p. 291.
- Architecture, College of (2016). "The Hyde Chair of Excellence visiting faculty position honors the College's collaborative spirit and genuine interest in student learning and the pursuit of academic success". University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
- "The William B. and Charlotte Shepherd Davenport Visiting Professorship of Architectural Design". Yale School of Architecture. 2016.
- Architectural Association School of Architecture. "Architectural Association Critical Juncture CICA Session – Architectural Critics at the crossroads". aaschool.ac.uk. AA School.
- "Writing Architecture: Christopher Hawthorne, Florencia Rodriguez, Michael Sorkin and Oliver Wainwright on criticism today; moderated by Michael Hays". Harvard Graduate School of Design.
- "Michael Sorkin: How Green Was My City". Cornell University. November 18, 2014.
- "Keynote Presentation: Michael Sorkin, The City After Now. Plym Auditorium, Temple Buell Hall". University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.
- Brunsvig Sørensen, Anette (ed.). "The Aarhus protocols : the Michael Sorkin Workshop at the Arkitektskolen Aarhus 2005 October 3rd – 8th". Architectural Magazine B: : in collaboration with the Arkitektskolen Aarhus. p. 144. OCLC 153225326.
- The London Consortium. "Masters & Doctoral Programme in Humanities and Cultural Studies: Visiting Faculty". The London Consortium: a collaboration between the Architectural Association, Birkbeck College (University of London), the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Science Museum and TATE.
- "GRANTEE Carol McMichael Reese, Michael Sorkin & Anthony Fontenot". Graham Foundation. 2014.
- Simon, Ellis (January 31, 2008). "CUNY Board of Trustees Names Michael Sorkin Distinguished Professor of Architecture at CCNY". The City University of New York.
- Sorkin, Michael (1998). Michael Sorkin Studio : Wiggle (1st ed.). New York: Monacelli Press. p. 192. ISBN 978-1-885254-25-2.
- Konnikova, Maria (April 15, 2015). "How Green Could New York Be?". The New Yorker.
- Bonn, Cecilia. "The American Academy of Arts and Letters Announces Newly Elected Members and Award Winners". The American Academy of Arts and Letters.
- "Michael Sorkin : model city". Artists Space, New York. 1989.
- Edelson, Zachary (January 22, 2015). ""We Mean to Be Provocateurs": Michael Sorkin on the Next Helsinki Competition". Metropolis.
- "AIANY Housing Awards Winner Symposium". AIA New York. June 23, 2015.
- McKee, Bradford (June 5, 2003). "Chrysler Design Awards Dropped After 10 Years". The New York Times.
- "2×4, GRADE, Hargreaves, Andre Kikoski, and Sorkin Studio & Terreform". The Architectural League of New york.
- "Core77 Design Awards 2012: Meet the Jury, Alice Twemlow – Design Writing and Commentary". Core 77. March 12, 2012.
- "Urban Design Forum: Leadership". Urban Design Forum.
- Gastil, Raymond W. (2002). Beyond the Edge: New York's New Waterfront (1st ed.). Princeton Architectural Press. p. 208. ISBN 978-1-56898-327-1.
- Gans, Deborah; Weisz, Claire, eds. (2004). Extreme Sites. London: Wiley Academy. pp. 128 pages : color illustrations, 29 cm. ISBN 978-0-470-86709-9.
- Pamphlet Architecture 22: Other Plans: University Chicago Studies Michael Sorkin Studio. Princeton Architectural Press. 2002. ISBN 978-1-56898-309-7.
- "Arverne: Housing on the Edge". The Architectural League NY.
- "Witness and Response: September 11 Acquisitions at the Library of Congress". The Library of Congress: Prints and Photographs Division.
- Hosey, Lance (June 11, 2012). The Shape of The Green: : Aesthetics, Ecology, and Design (3rd ed.). Amazon Digital Services, Inc.: Island Press. ISBN 978-1-61091-031-6.
- Tabb, Phillip James (2014). The Greening of Architecture. Ashgate Publishing, Limited. p. 133. ISBN 978-1-4094-4739-9.
- Sorkin, Michael (May 2013). "Origin of Species". Architectural Digest. 83 (9): 60–67. doi:10.1002/ad.1591. ISSN 0003-8504.
- Ruby, I. Bridger; Ruby, A.; Something Fantastic; Bridger, J. (2010). Re-inventing construction. Berlin: Ruby. ISBN 978-3-9813436-2-5.
- Schneiderman, R.M. (June 15, 2010). "Imagining Lower Manhattan Without Cars". The Wall Street Journal.
- Thibeau, Erin. "Cooper Hewitt Names New Director and Announces National Design Awards". Architect Magazine: The Journal of the American Institute of Architects.
- "28+: MOMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas Winning Proposal / Michael Sorkin Studio". ArchDaily. June 28, 2013.
- Sorkin, Michael (July 13, 2005). "Ten Better Places for a Football Stadium". The Architect's Newspaper.
- "Michael Sorkin Studio". The Architect's Newspaper. April 9, 2013.
- "Members". Comité International des Critiques d'Architecture.
- "Feature: On Criticism". The Architect's Newspaper. November 16, 2005.
- Yoe, Mary Ruth. "Everybody's a critic: Michael Sorkin, AB'69". University of Chicago Magazine.
- Edelson, Zachary (January 22, 2015). "We Mean to Be Provocateurs": Michael Sorkin on the Next Helsinki Competition". Metropolis.
- Blinkovitz, Leah (May 20, 2013). "The Design Future of New York as Seen by Urbanist Michael Sorkin: A theorist who can't stop planning has big ideas for his hometown on sustainability, equity and the right to the city". Smithsonia Magazine.
- Giovannini, Joseph (March 29, 2020). "Michael Sorkin, 71, Dies; Saw Architecture as a Vehicle for Change". The New York Times. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
- "The Collective Work of Art We Call the City". jacobinmag.com. Retrieved April 5, 2020.
- Angotti, Tom. "Missing Michael Sorkin". Progressive City.
- "CCNY Distinguished Professor Michael Sorkin Elected Fellow Of American Academy Of Arts & Sciences". City College of New York. April 21, 2009. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
- Maria Cecilia Fagel and Michael Sorkin, Editors, ed. (2016). "UR (Urban Research)". Terreform.
- "Graham Foundation > Grantees > Robin Balles, Christian Eusebio & Michael Sorkin". www.grahamfoundation.org. Retrieved March 27, 2020.
- "2013 National Design Award Winners | Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum". Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. July 23, 2019. Retrieved March 27, 2020.
- "Michael Sorkin: Current Fellow". John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fondation.
- Sorkin, Michael; Howe, Marguerite Beede (1981). Go Blow Your Nose. New York: St. Martin's Press. pp. 88 pages : illustrations, 21 cm. ISBN 978-0-312-32987-7.
- Exquisite Corpse : Writing on Buildings. New York: Verso. 1991. p. x. ISBN 978-0-86091-323-8.
- Sorkin, Michael (1993). Local code : the constitution of a city at 42°N latitude. New York: Princteton Architectural Press. ISBN 978-1-878271-79-2.
- Sorkin, Michael (1997). Traffic in democracy (1st ed.). Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan College of Architecture and Urban Planning. ISBN 978-0-9614792-9-9.
- Sorkin, Michael (2001). Some assembly required (1st ed.). Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. ISBN 978-0-8166-9101-2.
- Sorkin, Michael; University of Chicago (2001). Pamphlet architecture 22 : other plans : University of Chicago studies, 1998–2000. New York, NY : Princeton Architectural Press: Princeton Architectural Pres. ISBN 978-1-56898-309-7.
- Sorkin, Michael (2003). Starting From Zero (1st ed.). New York: Routledge. p. 144. ISBN 978-0-415-94737-4.
- Sorkin, Michael (2005). Against the wall : Israel's barrier to peace. New York: W.W. Norton. p. xxx. ISBN 978-1-56584-990-7.
- Graham, Stephen; Flusty, Steven; Boyer, M. Christine; Gillem, Mark; Simone, AbdouMaliq; Cruz, Teddy; Gilmore, Ruth Wilson & Craig; Holt-Diamant, Kathi; Liu, Laura; Weizman, Eyal; Davis, Miks (2008). Sorkin, Michael (ed.). Indefensible space : the architecture of the National Insecurity State (1st ed.). Routelege: Routledge. p. XVII. ISBN 978-0-415-95367-2.
- Salter Reynolds, Susan (July 5, 2009). "DISCOVERIES 'Twenty Minutes in Manhattan' by Michael Sorkin; 'Drift' by Victoria Patterson; 'A Day in the Life of Ancient Rome' by Alberto Angela". Los Angeles Times.
- Sorkin, Michael (2011). All over the map : writing on buildings and cities (1st ed.). London; New York: Verso. ISBN 978-1-84467-323-0.
- Douglas-Fairhurst, Robert (August 19, 2011). "All Over the Map: Writing on Buildings and Cities by Michael Sorkin". The Telegraph.
- Sorkin, Michael (2018). What Goes Up: The Right and Wrongs to the City (1st ed.). London; New York: Verso. ISBN 978-1-78663-515-0.
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- Ranalli, George (1988). George Ranalli : buildings and projects (1st ed.). Princeton Architectural Press. pp. 107 pages : illustrations, 28 cm. ISBN 978-0-910413-42-8.
- Klotz, Heinrich (1989). New York architecture, 1970–1990. International Publication: Rizzoli. ISBN 978-0-8478-1138-0.
- Vanlaethem, France; Pesce, Gaetano (1989). Gaetano Pesce : architecture, design, art. New York: Rizzoli. pp. 126 pages : illustrations (some color), 30 cm. ISBN 978-0-8478-1086-4.
- Noever, Peter, ed. (1991). Architecture in transition : between deconstruction and new modernism. Munich: Prestel. pp. 157 p. : ill. (some col.), 24 cm. ISBN 978-3-7913-1136-4.
- Sorkin, Michael, ed. (March 1992). Variations on a Theme Park: The New American City and the End of Public Space (1st ed.). Hill and Wang. p. 272. ISBN 978-0-374-52314-5.
- Hardy, Hugh; Holzman, Malcolm; Pfeiffer, Norman; Polites, Nicholas; Schmertz, Mildred F.; Sorkin, Michael (1992). Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates : buildings and projects, 1967–1992. New York: Rizzoli. ISBN 978-0-8478-1480-0.
- TEN Arquitectos (Firm) (1998). TEN Arquitectos : Enrique Norten, Bernardo Gómez-Pimienta. New York: Monacelli Press. pp. 221 p. : ill. (some col.), 26 cm. ISBN 978-1-885254-91-7.
- Copjec, Joan, ed. (1999). Giving ground : the politics of propinquity (1st ed.). New York: Verso. ISBN 978-1-85984-892-0.
- Gehry talks : architecture + process. New York: Rizzoli. 1999. ISBN 978-0-8478-2165-5.
- Ackermann, Franz; Land, Peter; Morris, Sarah; Orozco, Gabriel; Pardo, Jorge; Rehberger, Tobias; Schneider, Gregor; Zittel, Abdrea; Chambers, Kristin; Sorkin, Michael (2001). Chambers; Sorkin, Michael (eds.). Comfort : reclaiming place in a virtual world. Cleveland, Ohio: Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art. pp. 77 pages : illustrations (some color), 24 cm. ISBN 978-1-880353-18-9.
- Comfort: Reclaiming place in a virtual world: Franz Ackermann, Peter Land, Sarah Morris. Cleveland, Ohio: Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art. 2001. ISBN 978-1-880353-18-9.
- Sorkin, Michael; Zukin, Sharon, eds. (2002). After the World Trade Center : rethinking New York City (1st ed.). New York: Routledge. p. xi. ISBN 978-0-415-93479-4.
- "Ant Farm, 1968–1978". Berkeley Art Museum: xiii. 2004. OCLC 52775189.
- Badanes, Steve; Brown, David J.; Nicholson, Ben; Sorkin, Michael (2004). Brown, D.J. (ed.). The HOME House Project: The future of affordable housing. Winston Salem: Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art.
- Emilio, Ambaz (2004). Dodds, Jerrilynn Denise (ed.). Analyzing Ambasz. New York: Monacelli Press. ISBN 978-1-58093-135-9.
- Sirefman, Susanna; Sorkin, Michael, eds. (2004). Whereabouts : new architecture with local identities. New York: Monacelli Press. pp. 191 pages : illustrations (some color), 26 cm. ISBN 978-1-58093-120-5.
- Saunders, William S., ed. (2005). "Commodification and Spectacle in Architecture: A Harvard Design Magazine Reader". Harvard Design Magazine Reader. Vol. 1. p. 114. JSTOR 10.5749/j.cttttr80.
- Ranalli, George (2009). Saratoga (1st ed.). San Rafael, Calif.: Oro Editions. p. 112. ISBN 978-0-9814628-8-2.
- Abbott, Carl (2013). In/formed by the land : the architecture of Carl Abbott. Berkeley, CA: ORO Editions. pp. 252 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), 24 x 31 cm. ISBN 978-1-935935-49-0.
- New Orleans under reconstruction : the crisis of planning (1st ed.). London: Verso. 2014. ISBN 978-1-78168-272-2.
- Beyond petropolis : designing a practical utopia in Nueva Loja. Shinzen, China: Oscar Riera Ojeda. 2015. p. 359 pages : color illustrations, color maps, color charts, color plans ; 30 x 22 cm. ISBN 978-9881619426.