Architect and urban planner Michael Sorkin, gives the architectural history of the city as he describes his twenty-minute walk from home to office in his book, Twenty Minutes in Manhattan.
All modern architecture is disgusting and dystopian. Big and cheap and rectangular. Iit makes me loose my will to live. Yes all staircases should be accessable to anyone for exercise and rooftops should be public parks or at least yards.utopian,architecture is eclectic from all times and cute, like in japan.
Great show today, Brian.
Have you noticed the steepness of the new stairs in the renovated Fulton Street Subway Station? Extremely difficult for anyone over fifty to climb.
curious to know who he would vote for in the next mayoral election
Is there anyway we can kick Trump out of the city? Country?
Incorporate streetcars, light-rails, pedestrian walkways! PARKS!!!!
Love this idea of stairs in communal life in cities. What does an outdoor staircase style to upper floors in Montreal say about communal life there?
BTW: Carroll Gardens is in Brooklyn.I like books that use one story as a jumping off point to another story. Especially if it's historic in nature. I'll check it out. Is he giving a talk somewhere?
I like stairs too.
This is a great book -- as many others have noted, Sorkin's book calls to mind the seminal "Death and Life of Great American Cities" by Jane Jacobs. In a perfect world, Sorkin would be New York City's Urbanism Czar -- his ideas need more traction, more movement toward implementation!
One of the great pleasures of living in downtown Manhattan is showing off our lovely historic buildings to visitors. The people may have changed over the years, but the stones live to tell their tales.
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