Michael Sorkin
Michael Sorkin Studio

Ecological Golf Community Planning

A development of 1,000 houses surrounding a magnificent golf course in New South Wales, the project also holds extensive commercial and public facilities, including hotel, casino, shops, an Olympic history museum, a national planning institute, a school, sports clubs, and athletic fields. The plan is flexible, based on a series of villages that can be modified over time. However, no addition will exceed the bearing capacity of the site and the project includes a lexicon of options for achieving very high levels of sustainability in water, waste management, energy, and carbon. The villages will be car free, and internal circulation will be on foot or solar-charged electric carts. All daily necessities will be at hand within the complex.

About The Designer

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. Recent work includes construction of offices and housing in China and Turkey and master planning and architectural design in China, Australia, and the Philippines. Sorkin is President and founder of Terreform, a nonprofit institute dedicated to research into the forms and practices of just and sustainable urbanism that is currently engaged in a long-term alternative planning project for a completely self-sufficient New York City. Terreform has recently launched a book series under the imprint UR (urban research). Sorkin is past President of the Forum and Institute for Urban Design and Distinguished Professor of Architecture and Director of the Graduate Program in Urban Design at The City College of New York. Previous professorships include the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Cooper Union, Yale, Columbia, Pennsylvania, Harvard, sci-ARC, Michigan, Texas, and Aarhus, among others. He is the author or editor of 18 books on architecture and urbanism and is the architecture critic for The Nation. Sorkin is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and, in 2013, won the National Design Award as “Design Mind.”