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January Thursday

Past Program Audio | An Urban Amble: Exploring NYC’s Streetscape with Michael Sorkin and Stanley Greenberg


A conversation about our unseen city.

For his book, Codex New York: Typologies of the City, photographer Stanley Greenberg walked every block of Manhattan capturing images of the overlooked, underseen elements that we take for granted every day: alleys, skybridges, buttresses, parking sheds. Architect Michael Sorkin, one of the great urbanists of our time, captures the essence of cities in his design, criticism, and teaching practices, and in his many books including Twenty Minutes in Manhattan, a chronicle of the musings prompted but his daily walk from home to work. These two city observers reflect on the humble city spaces that most of us look past and through, but rarely see, in a conversation moderated by Karrie Jacobs, founding editor-in-chief of Dwell and a professional observer of the manmade environment herself.

Image courtesy of Stanley Greenberg.



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    Stanley Greenberg

    Stanley Greenberg is a Brooklyn-based photographer and author of numerous books, including Invisible New York: The Hidden Infrastructure of the City (1998), Waterworks: A Photographic Journey Through New York’s Hidden Water System (2003), Architecture Under Construction (2010), and Time Machines (2011). His photographs are held in prominent collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the New York Public Library, the Yale University Art Gallery, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art among others.

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    Michael Sorkin

    Michael Sorkin is Principal of the Michael Sorkin Studio, a global design practice working at all scales with a special interest in the city and green architecture; President and founder of Terreform, a non-profit institute dedicated to research into the forms and practices of just and sustainable urbanism; and Co-President of the Forum and Institute for Urban Design. He is Distinguished Professor of Architecture and Director of the Graduate Program in Urban Design at CCNY, author and editor of numerous books on architecture and urbanism, and architecture critic for The Nation. In 2013, he won the National Design Award as “Design Mind.”

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    Karrie Jacobs

    Karrie Jacobs is a professional observer of the manmade landscape. She writes regularly for Architect and Curbed, and is a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts’ MA program in Design Research, Writing, and Criticism, where she teaches students how to understand and interpret the design-rich environment all around them. She was the founding editor-in-chief of Dwell and the founding executive editor of Benetton’s Colors. She is the author of The Perfect $100,000 House (2006) and coauthor of Angry Graphics (1992).