[Editor’s Note: The following is a response to a recent entry in The Architect’s Newspaper‘s gossip column, Eavesdrop. In the response, Michael Sorkin is referred to as an editor at AN. Sorkin is not an editor, but does sit on AN‘s East Coast editorial advisory board. Opinions expressed in letters to the editor do not necessarily reflect the opinions or sentiments of the newspaper. AN welcomes reader letters, which could appear in our regional print editions. To share your opinion, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. ]
Our Guggenheim anti-counter competition posted on the Terreform ONE blog is a sarcastic commentary. It is not an actual architecture competition and this is readily apparent to almost anyone reading it. We produced the post in response to the enormous confusion created by Michael Sorkin‘s self initiated counter competition and anti-Guggenheim defamation campaign.
We received a number of requests for information in our “info at Terreform dot org” email box and some negative backlash from legitimate entrants. As stated in our text, we have a profound respect for the Guggenheim Museums and Foundation.
We also wish to divorce ourselves from any association with Sorkin and his personal opinions as a professional critic. Why Sorkin is so resentful of the Guggenheim, Terreform ONE, and many other publicly recognized groups is disconcerting.
Furthermore, the individual attack on our co-founder Mitchell Joachim stating that Sorkin was his “father” is simply outrageous, offensive, and unprovoked. Why in this case does The Architect’s Newspaper need to behave like a tabloid? – perhaps it’s because Sorkin is an editor.