Michael Sorkin, 1948–2020

In the 1980s, we needed an architecture critic who could see past the fool's gold of the Reagan era's glitz


Architect, urban planner, and author Michael Sorkin, passed away in New York City on March 26, from complications related to COVID-19. Village Voice readers from the 80s will remember Sorkin as a progressive and imaginative architecture critic who always kept sight of the human element amid the stone, steel, and glass of civilization. In one of his typically far-ranging columns, such as the one below, Sorkin explored the connections between spacesuits, bachelor-pod hotels in Japan, Brazil’s favelas, and Marcel Duchamp.