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Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan [Rem Koolhaas] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Since its original publication . 24 May Rem Koolhaas: Delirious New York: A Retrospective Manifesto for Manhattan ( ). A précis by Emma Watson Delirious New York: A. 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.

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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. To the contrary, delirikus sees the reality of the Commissioner’s Plan Grid and the Zoning Law as some of the decisive ingredients in the unique architecture he calls Manhattanism. The second project described is the first Waldorf-Astoria hotel, its geographic replacement – The Empire State building, and its delriious, the current Waldorf-Astoria hotel.

Any site could now be multiplied ad infinitum to produce a proliferation of floor space. Koolhaas has little sympathy for the former. Notable chapters include Coney Island: They could again become perfect extrusions.

So not only will your architectural glass be safe, it will also be decorative. I picked 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. 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.

It’s virtually the same as you would see it on a map today; it just happens to be mostly empty. The Grid — the skeleton of today’s Manhattan.

Published inKoolhaas proposed that the street grid system of Manhattan, as well as 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 the architecture created the culture or vise-versa.


Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. In this world, city planning has always been a sober endeavor, and everything must have its place!

Had I read it in the span of a few weeks instead of many, many months it would probably have made more sense to me and gotten another star. How could it be so good? But Rem adds this other component–the psychological–into the mix.

Delirious New York

My son Alexis, who is an architect, gave me Delirious New York years ago. 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.

There it is on the map: To find out more on the types of decorative glass we offer please contact us or call on The book greatly conveys the feel of unrealistic, almost derilic process of development of “the greatest city on earth”.

Theoretical points are raised in a similar, vaguely impressionistic fashion. It is, I guess, the point of the book, to sell this idea of congestion and manhattanism as an urbanism concept and I am CERTAINLY not even close 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.

Rem definitely is a thinker. He traces the cultural development of the city in regard to architecture, this is not a simultaneous history of New York. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Within the confines of the Zoning law, they had to expand their footprint to gain more vertical space. Koolhaas describes Elisha Otis’ elevator exhibit near the turn of the century as ‘anticlimax as denouement’, where extreme disaster always looms, and the escape from it is part of daily life.

The Birth Of Manhattan? A ‘Delirious’ Story

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: Some architects are just a little to clever for their own good. It’s wonderful to read an koolhazs so grounded in the basic facts of life, yet stretched so far into the purely theoretical.


Jork the map showing the original grid. I love Manhattan and I can’t wait to get back and see some of these sights.

He tells his reasons for writing the book, delirioux 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 I never put it down without having been inspired by it — delirious, perhaps; fascinated, definitely.

Whenever I meet someone who hasn’t read Delirious New York, I recommend it and then, at home, realize that I was actually recommending it to myself, for rereading.

Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan by Rem Koolhaas

I was in the habit of thinking of the progression of architectural styles as basically the constant interplay of the material imperative cost of building materials, abundance of capital, utility and use, shifting technologies, zoning laws, etc. A small dose of laughing gas would put the 6, visitors in a euphoric mood, hyper-receptive to the activity on stage. Delirious New York is also packed with intriguing and fun facts and illustrated with witty watercolors and quirky archival drawings, photographs, postcards, and maps.

I lived in NY for 8 years and I found Koolhaas to be right on point. Visit Now – Staten Island investment advisors. 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. View all 5 comments. 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.

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