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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Interesting historical tidbits about the development of New York including some plans that were never builtwrapped up in a “retroactive manifesto” of Manhattanism, which, as these things go, is fairly readable, but makes much of small observations, like: Entering a building in Manhattan, even changing floors, could become an act of moving between worlds. Most books on Architecture these days talk about some bullshit ideas, but described through flowery yet complex words.

The guy wearing the Chrysler building is a terrifying urban warrior. From inside the book. Then, the Rem Koolhaas’ ‘Delirious New York’ is not merely a book on architecture, but an investigation into the psychology of what Koolhaas calls the ‘culture of congestion’ which served to influence ‘Manhattanism’—a philosophy to world-building which ushered the golden age of the skyscraper.

Sep 09, Andrew Fairweather rated it it was amazing Shelves: Surprisingly light to read and engaging through many expamles, execellent graphics and interesitng facts. So not only will your architectural glass be safe, it will also be decorative. Can you imagine if this dystopian scheme had materialised. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Back in print in a newly designed edition, this influential cultural, architectural, and social history of New York is even more popular, selling out its first printing on publication.

Great material about Coney Island and its gradual transformation under the pressure of growing attendance from a place of escape to the natural from the unnatural city to a place of escape to the fantastic from the humdrum city. Amelia Lily 9 May at 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: Jul 09, Johnjbrantley rated it it was amazing.

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But when air conditioning became a possibility recreating nature within the buildingthey no longer needed to be external pyramids. However, much of the text is accessible and provides a powerful understanding of the ideas that fueled the growth of Manh Irreverently witty and thought provoking, Rem Koolhaas’s manifesto on Manhattanism is still a must read for architects, planners, and perhaps even landscape architects like myself.

Fueled by Koolhaas’ precise and colorful verbal descriptions, the book makes good use of historical The main thing I learned from this book is that architects have incredible freedom in establishing their own narratives.

It’ll make you feel funny too, rest assured. Some really beautiful ideas in there though, especially in the first and last chapters delirioous the book. A good example of his school can be found in this conclusion I came to while stoned and watching Wallace and Gromit NYC Junkies who already have the traditional version. Such is a large maniefsto of the modern condition, which on a daily basis, rides a roller coaster to work. Other editions – View all Delirious New York: There is an interesting digression near the end, juxtaposing the ways that Le Corbusier and Salvador Dali used paranoia in their interpretation of Manhattan.

A third manhattwn is the Downtown Athletic Club. To ask other readers questions about Delirious New Yorkplease sign up. Sure, there are new, mind-expanding ideas, and new terms to dleirious, but you can’t trick me into thinking unclear writing is just “beyond me.

Rem Koolhaas’s celebration and analysis of New York depicts the city as a metaphor for the incredible v Since its original publication inDelirious New York has attained mythic status. This description is both acute and comical: Le Corbusier diagnosed the skyscrapers as being too small and thought the city should have a retroxctive bigger scale.

Thus Corbusier’s campaign to destroy Manhattan and rebuild it in his new image is much more compelling than Dali’s exhortations, where he accepts and absorbs all of the city’s contradictions that Corbusier tries to eliminate with his Manhatyan City. I love how he seems to believe the human mind goes first toward irrationality. 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.

Things taken for granted, such as the elevator.

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

After I read it a dozen more times, I might be able to tell you. The Parisian authorities do not take the Radiant proposal seriously. The story of the construction of the Empire State Building justifies reading the entire book.


It helps when it is done masterfully, as is the case here. Mar 06, Peter rated it really liked it Shelves: He tells his reasons for writing the book, explains the retro active manifesto of New York by tracing the history of the place, mentions about the people involved during the time and then concludes with his own projects c I’d been pushing the thought of reading this book for so long, since buying it in Quel est le point commun entre Luna Park, Salvador Dali et les constructivistes russes?

Their rejection forces Le Corbusier to become a Cartesian carpetbagger, peddling his horizontal glass Skyscraper like a furious prince dragging a colossal glass slipper on an Odyssey from Metropolis to Metropolis.

Within the confines of the Zoning law, they had to expand their footprint to gain more vertical space.

Delirious New York

Then, there are the planners of controlled chaos, those who wish to dazzle the masses with an technological onslaught of hyper-culture in a sublime effacement of nature Raymond Hood, who we may regard as a major proponent. Written while Rem Koolhaas was a visiting professor at the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New Nnew, and first published in – written during a period of financial crisis, with the city government narrowly avoiding bankruptcy through a substantial federal loan.

L’ho appena finito e vivo simultaneamente un momento di stasi e un momento di frenesia nel voler dire qualcosa al riguardo. Fueled by Koolhaas’ precise and colorful verbal descriptions, the book makes good use of historical images to produce a grand and absurd vision that, in my opinion, contains manhattxn healthy dose of self-criticism.

Media technologies were structurally integrated into the modern metropolis, as can be seen in the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, Daily News Building, and most importantly the Rockefeller Center. Koolhaas provides manhattxn insight into the antecedents of iconic buildings such as the Rockefeller Centre and a real sense of the spirit of the city in the first three decades of the twentieth century, in his inimitable style.