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Michael Sorkin, 1948-2020


Because of complications brought on by the coronavirus, Michael Sorkin passed away in New York at the age of 71. After graduating from the University of Chicago in 1970, Sorkin obtained a master’s degree in architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, having also earned one in English from Columbia. His career as an urbanist and critic was prolific. As an urbanist he worked on city design in accordance with environmental parameters. As an architecture critic he worked for counterculture media like The Village Voice and general-interest ones including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. From these platforms the brilliant, sharp, mischievous writer addressed themes such as sustainability, public space, and urban culture in articles that would subsequently go into numerous books. Sorkin combined this influential activity with teaching in several American universities.

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