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Since its original publication in , Delirious New York has attained mythic status. Back in print in a newly designed edition, this influential cultural. Delirious New York is a retroactive manifesto of Manhattan’s architectural enterprise: it untangles the theories, tactics and dissimulations that allowed New York’s. Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan is an engaging review of modern architecture and urbanism, setting a celebratory.

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Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan – Rem Koolhaas – Google Books

Staten Island financial planners: Certified financial planner Brooklyn: I nfw up this book since it was described as an “unurbanist manifesto”, sadly I found that book’s scope is much smaller, as it does not touch any city planning issues, such as transportation, zoning, etc.

Rem Koolhaas is an architect and writer whose style of glossy, heavily-illustrated art and architecture books have become the norm since their release in the s.

It was enabled by the elevator. Though he doesn’t see these hard facts as unimportant. Auf einem Fasching, bei dem die Architekten als ihre eigenen Wolkenkratzer auftreten, stellt eine Frau das “Basin-Girl” dar: Statements like “Manhattan is an accumulation of possible disasters that never happen” require an extra close reading and parts of the text were too abstract and nuanced for me to fully appreciate.

A fourth project is the Rockefeller Center. Ddelirious is, I guess, the deliriohs of the book, to sell this idea of congestion and manhattanism as an urbanism concept and I am CERTAINLY not even manhattqn to being an expert on the matterbut for me, it mostly felt flat on its A history lesson, dissertion in urbanism and thought experiment soaked in pretentious intellectualoid blabber.

Le Corbusier fpr, his main proponent embodied in the decrees of Robert Moses that would define the later half of the 20th century. This is a non-fiction book focusing on the history of New York’s architecture, explaining how this city architectually exploded into what it is now.


Rich history of the most iconic city of the U. La seconda ammirazione va alla n Non so da dove iniziare. His desire was to purify the city, and give its residents access to light and air.

Before there were subways, there were rollercoasters. It contains a wealth of strange anecdotes, a forest of illustrations, and several underlying theses about the nature of New York City.

There are also great pictures on every single page. The grid map ofThis was a wonderful book. A Retrospective Manifesto for Manhattan The second constriction was the Zoning Law, which prescribed how high a building could be in relation to its footprint. I do think it hurt my opinion that this book took me soo long to finish. Using Maxim Gorky’s reflections of Coney Island to typify the over-intellectualism of practical city planning, Koolhaas states, “Gorky’s disgust represents the modern intellectual’s dilemma: Any site could now be multiplied ad infinitum to produce a proliferation of floor space.

Delirious New York

What saves Koolhaas is the fact that he’s a working architect and, i’ll add, a damn fine one at that. A small dose of laughing gas would put the 6, visitors in a euphoric mood, hyper-receptive to the activity on stage. As much a history of schemes and illusions as a lucid extrapolation of the pragmatism that bore out the aesthetics of the skyscraper within the limits of the grid, the zoning law of and the city’s ever present culture of congestion, Koolhaas is dazzling as he reads the formal code of the city’s past through its buildings and Nwe New York is a book that manifdsto shape and vision to the endless collisions, accidents, and foor that produced the signature architecture of Manhattan.

He sees Coney’s golden age, with its Steeplechase and its Luna Park and its Dreamland, as an “embryonic Manhattan,” a testing ground for new technologies.

Back in print in a newly designed edition, this influential cultural, architectural, and social history of New York is even more nee, selling out its first printing on publication. I don’t know whether it was ever built, if it was occupied, or how long it existed.


Vielleicht ist dort ja inzwischen schon der Kommunismus angekommen? Aug 07, Prabhu rated it really liked it. Open Preview See a Problem? Koolhaas has little sympathy for the former. But what was it about?

Delirious New York

At the end of the nineteenth century, population, information, and technology explosions made Manhattan a laboratory for the invention and testing of a metropolitan lifestyle — “the culture of congestion” — and its architecture. I take issue with his overarching theory. Published inKoolhaas proposed that the street grid system of Manhattan, as well ffor what he called the “Culture of Congestion”, developed with the culture of the city, feeding off each other until it was impossible to tell if mnahattan architecture created the culture or vise-versa.

Apr 30, Tanyasam rated it it was amazing Shelves: Want to Read saving…. Yet, ‘Delirious New York’ is poetic, and consciously draws on metaphor unlike other works of history, yet is literal in the most faithful sense. Paperbackpages.

The most interesting parts are when he focuses on the macro level, like how Radio City Music Hall was too big for audiences to see the subtle maneuvers of music-hall style comedy; though it had a backstage build to accommodate scores of performers and animals, it was the simple non-narrative entertainment of deliriouss Rockettes that survived the difficult early years of the hall. Before they were put to the service of making our material production more efficient, they were put to the primary task of blowing our minds.

Jul 09, Johnjbrantley rated it it was amazing. It helps when it is done masterfully, as is the case here.