Sara Savage reviews 'What Goes Up: The Right and Wrongs to the City' by Michael Sorkin

Sara Savage reviews 'What Goes Up: The Right and Wrongs to the City' by Michael Sorkin

What Goes Up: The right and wrongs to the city

by Michael Sorkin

Verso, $39.99 hb, 368 pp, 9781786635150

Early in What Goes Up,  Michael Sorkin shares an anecdote from the final collection by fellow architecture critic, the late Ada Louise Huxtable. ‘Just what polemical position do you write from, Madame?’ asks a French journalist of Huxtable, who, to Sorkin’s discomfort, fails to produce ‘an appropriate polemic’, instead responding that she prefers to write ‘from crisis to crisis’. Treating the question as daft, Sorkin argues, reveals both Huxtable’s position and limitations. Likewise, Sorkin’s meditations on the exchange are telling of his own raisons d’être as a critic.

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Sara Savage

Sara Savage

Sara Savage is a writer, editor, broadcaster and producer based in Melbourne. Her work frequently covers art, design, architecture, and urbanism.

Published in August 2018, no. 403

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