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27 March 2020: American architect and critic Michael Sorkin has died of complications relating to Coronavirus at the age of 71.

Sorkin was principal of eponymous New York firm Michael Sorkin Studio and non-profit research group Terreform and was a vocal advocate for using architecture and urban design as platforms for social justice.

Renders for the Xi’an Forest Park (ongoing), Xi’an, China, 2017- present.
Credits: Q. Chen, J. Gu, P. Ibero, Y. Liu, M. Okazaki, Z. Quan, J. Sevene, M. Sorkin, A. Waxman, M. Villalobos, L. Yin, N. Ni, BIAD

Within his practice, he espoused the importance of urban sustainability and green spaces. He was a pioneer of green roof use, vertical farms and sustainable energy sources – all of which have been adopted as mainstream architecture ideas today.

Davao Chapel, Davao City, Phillippines, 2017.
Credits: Michael Sorkin, Makoto Okazaki, Jie Gu, Ying Liu

Sorkin was the architecture critic for The Village Voice in the 1980s, as well as a longtime contributing editor to the Architectural Record and architecture critic for The Nation. A prolific writer, he published around 20 books on architecture and urbanism.

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