In the latest issue of The Brooklyn Rail, Dave Kim talks to Michael Sorkin, “laurelled architect and urban design theorist,” who is head creative on the NYC team of Our Cities Ourselves. OCC, a program of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, pairs architecture firms with global cities (expected to double in population by 2030) to form master plans for the future of transportation and urban well-being.
Sorkin is all spitfire, and I love it: Unapologetic and undaunted, he has a vision for New York City that includes shutting down a major portion of FDR Drive. “Sorkin doesn’t budge when I ask him if his project will adapt to [the city’s existing plans to expand FDR],” Kim writes. “ ‘We’re not trying to increase traffic,’ he says. ‘We’re looking to frustrate it. But we are doing so in favor of something less dangerous, less polluting, and less selfish.’ ”
Source: The Brooklyn Rail