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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It’ll make you feel funny too, rest assured. 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.

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The Birth Of Manhattan? A ‘Delirious’ Story

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. Return to Book Page. Koolhaas gives us charcoal drawings by Hugh Ferris dating from the s that predict the Manhattan that would result from chaotic profit-driven growth controlled by the grid and the zoning law. 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

Manhattan’s collective experiment in urbanism is controlled chaos. 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.

The second nfw described is the first Waldorf-Astoria hotel, its geographic replacement delirius The Empire State building, and its recreation, the current Waldorf-Astoria hotel.

To ask other readers questions about Delirious New Yorkplease sign up. But Rem adds this other component–the psychological–into the mix.

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 s Strange. What interested me most though was the story of the evolution of the skyscraper.


It was purely man over nature. A very engaging quick read that illuminates NY’s signature achievement, the “culture of congestion”. 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.

To find out more on the types of decorative glass we offer please contact us or call on Surprisingly light to read and engaging through many expamles, execellent graphics and interesitng facts.

Jun 14, Anna rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 face. A Colloquium Raymond Unwin A ‘Delirious’ Story Author Eric Kraft describes Rem Koolhaas’ Delirious New York as a “sometimes outrageous retroactive manifesto” about architecture and city planning — in short, a book not to miss.

He cannot admit to this disgust; he sublimates it by identifying external exploitation and corruption as the reason for the masses’ aberrations. A history lesson, dissertion in urbanism and thought experiment soaked in pretentious intellectualoid blabber. Graduate Success Experimenting with Urban Narratives: But bushwhack through this babble and you catch fleeting vistas of lucid thought about the unique architecture of NYC.

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.

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. Things taken for granted, such as the elevator. It’s got five-star moments, but Rem’s not a writer. And he paints a wonderful picture of it at various historical and spatial stages.


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Koolhaas has great material. Oct 13, Joel rated it really liked it. 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 kooljaas myself.

Sometimes these articulated the gist of the gestalt better than yogk that made it through the wringer of fundraising and city bureaucracy. 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.

The grid map ofThis was a wonderful book. The Birth Of Manhattan? Certified financial planner Brooklyn: Guardare in generale, cogliere elementi piccoli, elementi ingombranti e trovare fili conduttori, spiegazioni, movimenti interni.

In Rem Koolhaas won the Pritzker Prize. Gibt es eine Produktgeschichte des 1. In this world, city planning has always been a sober endeavor, and everything must have its place! Delirious New York is a book that gives shape and vision deliriious the endless collisions, accidents, and collaborations that produced the signature architecture of Manhattan. 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.

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

The contemporary Coney Island is a pale shadow of the previous Coney Island. Quotes from Delirious New Yor View my complete profile.

Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email. He is ned author of Urban Ethic: This enabled a theoretically infinite duplication of a footprint. Describes quite vividly key characters involved in the planning and construction of Rockefeller center, Empire State Building, Waldorf-Astoria.

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