Michael Sorkin
Michael Sorkin Studio

Xi’an Yuexiu City Commercial

Centered near a shopping mall in a rapidly developing part of town, the project includes mixed-income housing, shops of various sizes, office space, gyms, a theater complex, and a sculpted rooftop for dining and relaxation. The tube-like shape of the mall is generated by an oddity of the site, which has only narrow access to the principal avenue in the area. The building is organized to provide dramatic entry from this street as well as through a generous mid-block atrium. A bridge adjoins the new commercial space to an existing shopping center.

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.”