Rem Koolhaas: Delirious New York: A Retrospective Manifesto for Manhattan ( ). A précis by Emma Watson Delirious New York: A. Since its original publication in , Delirious New York has attained mythic status. Back in print in a newly designed edition, this influential cultural. by. Rem Koolhaas. · Rating details · 2, ratings · 91 reviews. Since its original publication in , Delirious New York has attained mythic status. Back in.

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Rem Koolhaas is a gifted storyteller. It’s got five-star moments, but Rem’s not a writer. A lot of it is about the Architecture and how it came to be. I’ve only just started, gork maybe I’ll give an update in a bit. Pramod Prajapti 30 October at But when air conditioning became a possibility recreating nature within the buildingthey no longer needed to be external pyramids.

I take deliriuos with his overarching theory. Manhattanism, the metropolis of congestion, the american sublime disguised as pragmatism.

Two constrictions define Manhattan. I’d been pushing the thought of reading this book for so long, since buying it in Kraft taught school and wrote textbooks; he was the co-captain of a clam boat, which sank.

Apr 15, Kathleen rated it liked it.

Delirious New York

Oct 25, M C rated it it was ok. To ask other readers questions about Delirious New Yorkplease sign up. Aroundon Coney Island, “a Metropolis of the Irrational,” where the strategies and mechanisms that later shaped Manhattan were tested The Grid is, above all, a conceptual speculation. What interested me most though was the story of the evolution of the skyscraper.

Rem Koolhaas’s celebration and analysis of New York depicts the city as a metaphor for the incredible variety of human behavior. Molto pop, anche se nessun critico sarebbe d’accordo su questo aggettivo. 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.


His desire was to purify the city, and give its residents access to light and air. What saves Koolhaas is the fact that he’s a working architect and, i’ll add, a damn fine one at that. Add to this the infinite need for rich white men to display phallic prowess, and you’ve got Manhattan! 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.

In strokes similar to the wonders of the Coney Island parks Steeplechase, Luna, and Dreamland not only is the landscape rewritten, but the atmosphere as well!

Some of the book’s illustrations koolhsas so richly detailed that I examine them with a magnifying glass — and the effort is rewarded. Full of great ideas, telling wonderful stories, giving great descriptions.

Colin Rowe and Fred Koetter. I will have to give this another read. The second constriction was the Zoning Law, which prescribed how high a building could be in relation to its footprint. The high point for me is the description with picture of a meeting of NYC architects where each is wearing a building he designed as a costume. His anti-Manhattanism created a Horizontal skyscraper and a Radiant City 5 as a better urban alternatives. Culture lovers have paid for the dissolution of Manhattanism’s poetic density.

Skyscraper as utopian device for the production of unlimited numbers of virgin sites on a single metropolitan location 3 Zoning law: Pictures, of course, are worth thousands of words, and I’ve learned so much from these rare things, a mix of buildings I’ll never see again and buildings no one ever saw.


This model nicely explained SoHO, for example. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. Felt like he was imposing his view and his narrative on the architects that were his subject of writing, views and ideas I felt like the author is making up completely. Jul 09, Johnjbrantley rated it it was amazing.

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The Birth Of Manhattan? A ‘Delirious’ Story : NPR

Then, there are the planners of controlled chaos, those erm 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.

Great material about Coney Island and its gradual transformation under the pressure of growing attendance from a place of escape to delirrious natural from the unnatural city to a place of escape to the fantastic from the humdrum city.

That decision though, became an urban project that ultimately changed the history of a little island located on the east coast of a young nation, and later would change the entire world with its own archetype of modernity and metropolitan values.

This was a wonderful book.

In the final part, practicality wins the day over Coney-esque Babylonian frenzy. Manhattan’s collective experiment in urbanism is controlled chaos.