Starting From Zero
Reconstructing Downtown New York
Routledge – 2003 – 144 pages
Architect and social critic Michael Sorkin develops his own vision of the future lower Manhattan through a series of chronologically organized essays illustrated with full-color images of his own plans. Mixing his inimitable brand of social criticism with more personal reflections, Starting From Zero offers a striving challenge to the Ground Zero redevelopment plan recently chosen by New York's establishment insiders.
"[The book's] ideas are provocative and sound, and presented with graphic verve. Long may Sorkin challenge the mainstream media, the cult of the celebrity architect and the status quo.
." -- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Michael Sorkin is America's most provocative architectural critic. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, and is generally regarded as one of the most prominent architectural writers in America. His books include After the World Trade Center (Routledge), Some Assembly Required, and Variations on a Theme Park.