Michael Sorkin, one of architecture’s most outspoken public intellectuals, died on March 26 in Manhattan at the age of 71 from complications caused by COVID-19, as his wife Joan Copjec said. Born on August 2, 1948 in Washington, he was an architect and urban planner whose practice included planning, criticism and teaching.
Founder of Michael Sorkin Studio, a global design studio based in New York and was the president of Terreform, which he founded in 2005 and created to promote the mission of fairer, more sustainable and more beautiful cities for our urbanized planet. All Terreform’s multiple books are published from his Urban Research imprint, in which Michael was editor-in-chief.
Sorkin designed environmental projects in Hamburg, Germany, and proposed master plans for the Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem, the Brooklyn waterfront and Queens Plaza in New York City, and in 2010 he received the American Academy of Arts and Letters architecture award.
He established himself for the first time as a public figure from 1980 to 1990 at The Village Voice, where he wrote burning criticisms, raised with humor, which were often delivered at the expense of people who lived in the city. ““He said what everyone was really thinking but were afraid to say,” said Max Protetch, whose Max Protetch, of the Max Protetch Gallery.