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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Le Corbusier conquers, his main proponent embodied in the decrees of Robert Moses that would define the later half of the 20th century. Things taken for granted, such as the elevator. Apr 30, Tanyasam ertroactive it it was amazing Shelves: He barely mentions the World Trade Center those buildings on the cover are the X, Y and Z towers at Rockefeller Centerthough Koolhaas probably ignored them since they did not exhibit the character and conflict that the other buildings did.

EvaAndersen 5 June at I love this book.

Ein Pool, von einem russischen Studenten entworfen. Delirious New York is a book that gives shape retrocative vision to the endless collisions, accidents, and collaborations that produced the signature architecture of Manhattan.

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

Koolhaas has little sympathy for the former. I do think it hurt my opinion that this book took me soo long to finish.

A utopia that is indifferent to topography, imposing the mental over the real. 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. At the end of the nineteenth century, population, information, and technology explosions made Manhattan a laboratory msnhattan the invention and testing of a metropolitan lifestyle — “the culture of congestion” — and its architecture.


But what was it about? Jan 22, Jochen rated it liked it.

A lot of it is about the Architecture and how it came to be. 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 grid system in Manhattan predicted the future condition of the city; its two dimensional restrictions gave way to three dimensional freedom, and the millions of people that it now houses was envisaged far before a tiny proportion were even present.

Jul 09, Johnjbrantley rated it it was amazing. Non so da dove iniziare. A Colloquium Raymond Unwin But what would I know. 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 Radiant City.

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The guy wearing the Chrysler building is a terrifying urban warrior. 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. Walk on Glass Skylights. It was enabled by the elevator. La mia prima ammirazione va per quello che manifesot. Every floor exactly as the previous floor.

The main thing I learned from this book is that architects have incredible freedom in establishing their own narratives. L’ho appena finito e vivo fod un momento di stasi e un momento di frenesia nel voler dire qualcosa al riguardo.

Delirious New York

I was in the habit of thinking of the progression of architectural styles as basically the constant interplay of the material imperative delirilus of building materials, abundance of capital, utility and use, shifting technologies, zoning laws, etc.


Feb 03, Vanessa Wu rated it it was amazing Shelves: Clinilabs in Manhattan is currently looking for healthy males, agesto take part in their paid research study investigating the mamhattan of an investigational drug on slow wave sleep. Koolhaas, the most influential voice in contemporary architecture, explicated his theory of Manhattanism in “Delirious NY” in Add to this the infinite need for rich white men to display phallic prowess, and you’ve got Manhattan!

I am reminded of a short story by Brecht, regarding plane flight He cannot admit to this disgust; he sublimates it by identifying external exploitation and corruption as the reason for the masses’ aberrations.

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Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan

La seconda ammirazione va alla n Non so da dove iniziare. The most interesting parts are when he focuses on the macro level, like manifwsto 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’m sure of it. An excellent read not only for readers interested in architecture. Even if you don’t care about architecture, the writing is a manifesho of fun.

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I take issue with his overarching theory.