These images represent a long-standing fantasy. Having collected “Scholar’s Rocks” for many years, Michael Sorkin was struck from the beginning by their powerful architectural character. In thinking about the way in which tall buildings have become almost completely generic and interchangeable, these rocks reinforced idea that there are local forms that can become the basis for unique expression. While some of these forms resist practical translation, their spirit suggests an important avenue for future morphological research in the design of the Chinese city.
Credits: Michael Sorkin, Jie Gu