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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The design, functioning and future of urban situations is explored in written, drawn manhzttan modelled work which builds on the legacy of twentieth century urban theory and is directed towards the development of sustainable cities. A third project is the Downtown Athletic Club.

Describes quite vividly key characters involved in the planning and construction of Rockefeller center, Empire State Building, Waldorf-Astoria. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

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Delirious New York

Jan 17, Lisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: La seconda ammirazione va alla n Non so da dove iniziare. This so fantastic I can’t believe it is true.

Manhattanism was defined concisely once within the book, but I can’t find it again. 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. Open Preview See a Problem? Hello my dear, I see your blog every manofesto Published December 1st by The Monacelli Press first published I’m sure of it.

A history lesson, dissertion in urbanism and thought experiment soaked in pretentious intellectualoid blabber. This is a non-fiction book focusing on the history of New York’s architecture, explaining how this city architectually exploded into rettoactive it kanifesto now.

They could again become perfect extrusions.

His most recent architectural work is the finally completed CCTV Tower in China, for which he has provided a long and detailed explanation on how it is the pinnacle of the theories he originally proposed in this book. No trivia or quizzes yet. Felt like he was imposing his ddlirious and his narrative on the architects that were his subject of writing, views and ideas I felt like the author is making up completely.


Paperbackpages. During these playful journeys through Manhattans history, Koolhaas advocates his duty to modernity, if not to architectural modernism as a movement. Jan 22, Jochen rated it liked it. 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 a healthy dose of self-criticism. The first response was Coney Island, a testing ground for how to bring nature back to the city.

I lived in NY for 8 years and I found Koolhaas to be right on point. Koolhaas provides detailed 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.

Lists with This Book. Don’t get me wrong – parts were Very interesting and entertaining, but as a whole I didn’t feel that way.

In the final part, practicality wins the day over Coney-esque Babylonian frenzy. Account Options Sign in. Two constrictions define Manhattan. He is the author of Urban Ethic: 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.

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 the Rockettes that survived the difficult early years of the hall.

I must admit manifssto part of the book held less fascination for me.

It’s from the 70’s so it’s not exactly up to date, and the writing style lives up to it’s “delirious” title sometimes. This congestion, in a realm divorced from reality, forces the metropolis ever upward into the speculative.


Between and he taught at the University of Manchester School of Architecture, and between and at the University of Sheffield School of Architecture. Truly brilliant at times, it did make me marvel, but you really have to indulge the writer and power through the text to get to them.

Monday, 24 May Rem Koolhaas: NYC Junkies who already have the traditional version. I’ve only just started, so maybe I’ll give an update in a bit. Yet, ‘Delirious New York’ is poetic, and consciously draws on metaphor unlike other works of history, yet is literal in the most faithful sense. What interested me most though was the story of the evolution of the skyscraper. What saves Koolhaas is the fact that he’s a working architect and, i’ll add, a damn fine one at that.

Dali is incomprehensible is the story of the Macy’s display true? May 16, Matthew rated it really liked it.

Delirious New York

Since its original publication inDelirious New York has attained mythic status. 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. Delirious New York is also packed with intriguing and fun facts and illustrated with witty watercolors and quirky archival drawings, photographs, postcards, and maps. Published inKoolhaas proposed that the street grid system of Manhattan, as well as what he called the “Culture 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.

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