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Since its original publication in , Delirious New York has attained mythic status. Back in print in a newly designed edition, this influential cultural, architectural, and social history of New York is even more popular, selling out its first printing on publication.

Rem Koolhaas's celebration and analysis of New York depicts the city as a metaphor for the incredible v Since its original publication in , Delirious New York has attained mythic status. Rem Koolhaas's celebration and analysis of New York depicts the city as a metaphor for the incredible variety of human behavior. 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.

Building , and irrational phenomena Radio City Music Hall. Delirious New York is also packed with intriguing and fun facts and illustrated with witty watercolors and quirky archival drawings, photographs, postcards, and maps. The spirit of this visionary investigation of Manhattan equals the energy of the city itself.

Get A Copy. Published December 1st by The Monacelli Press first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Delirious New York , please sign up. A lot of it is about the Architecture and how it came to be. See 1 question about Delirious New York….

Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jun 02, Alex rated it did not like it Recommends it for: assholes. Jun 14, Anna rated it really liked it Shelves: spatial-planning , nonfiction , history , overseas. His analysis is entertainingly idiosyncratic and yet curiously illuminating. It contains a wealth of strange anecdotes, a forest of illustrations, and several underlying theses about the nature of New York City. The baker on board ship offers to bake a version 2.

His Reinforced Dough is just another false act among the multitudes. Theoretical points are raised in a similar, vaguely impressionistic fashion. This description is both acute and comical: The Parisian authorities do not take the Radiant proposal seriously.

Their rejection forces Le Corbusier to become a Cartesian carpetbagger, peddling his horizontal glass Skyscraper like a furious prince dragging a colossal glass slipper on an Odyssey from Metropolis to Metropolis. He thought not only that pedestrians should be relegated to first floor walkways to leave the entire street for cars, but that the front of buildings should be cut into for additional parking and traffic lanes, culminating in twenty lane streets.

Can you imagine if this dystopian scheme had materialised. 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. Jul 09, Johnjbrantley rated it it was amazing.

The main thing I learned from this book is that architects have incredible freedom in establishing their own narratives. It helps when it is done masterfully, as is the case here. Seemingly unrelated and sometimes arbitrary elements intermingle to produce an intense and inimitable environment Fueled by Koolhaas' precise and colorful verbal descriptions, the book makes good use of historical The main thing I learned from this book is that architects have incredible freedom in establishing their own narratives.

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. Nov 17, Clif Brittain rated it really liked it Shelves: architecture. This was a wonderful book. Full of great ideas, telling wonderful stories, giving great descriptions. But what was it about? After I read it a dozen more times, I might be able to tell you.

Some clues: It is about Manhattanism. Manhattanism was defined concisely once within the book, but I can't find it again. Two constrictions define Manhattan. The grid map of , whic This was a wonderful book. It was purely man over nature. The second constriction was the Zoning Law, which prescribed how high a building could be in relation to its footprint. It was created in response to the realization that buildings produce shadows and that people seek to have access to light and air.

The book describes several architectural responses to these constrictions. The writing is very droll and clever. Even if you don't care about architecture, the writing is a lot of fun.

The first response was Coney Island, a testing ground for how to bring nature back to the city. The inhabitants of Manhattan instantly discovered that they missed nature and wanted to recreate it.

The contemporary Coney Island is a pale shadow of the previous Coney Island. The second project described is the first Waldorf-Astoria hotel, its geographic replacement - The Empire State building, and its recreation, the current Waldorf-Astoria hotel.

The story of the construction of the Empire State Building justifies reading the entire book. A third project is the Downtown Athletic Club.

This so fantastic I can't believe it is true. I don't know whether it was ever built, if it was occupied, or how long it existed. But even if only a dream, it would be considered too unreal to exist. A fourth project is the Rockefeller Center. Bigger, bigger, bigger. Unconstrained by budget, designed by committee. How could it be so good? Find out here. Less entertaining were the visits by Dali and Le Corbusier and their attempts to "save" Manhattan.

I must admit this part of the book held less fascination for me. Dali is incomprehensible is the story of the Macy's display true? Le Corbusier diagnosed the skyscrapers as being too small and thought the city should have a much bigger scale. What interested me most though was the story of the evolution of the skyscraper. It was enabled by the elevator. This enabled a theoretically infinite duplication of a footprint. My favorite description in the book is the skyscraper as an extrusion.

Every floor exactly as the previous floor. But soon elevators dominated the building and skyscrapers became pyramids with a core of elevators that decreased in area as they ascended. The offices and apartments simply encased the elevators. But when air conditioning became a possibility recreating nature within the building , they no longer needed to be external pyramids.

They could again become perfect extrusions. Within the confines of the Zoning law, they had to expand their footprint to gain more vertical space. Up, up, up. Not tall enough!

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Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan

The book serves as a retroactive manifesto for Manhattan between and , analyzing the development of architecture and urban design throughout New York's history from the founding of New Amsterdam by the Dutch, to the design of the Headquarters of the United Nations by Le Corbusier. Rem Koolhaas describes the concept of 'Manhattanism', the theory of the creation and functioning of the city of New York, at length in the book. The first drafts for the book originate from in a manifesto by Rem Koolhaas titled 'The Surface'. Koolhaas had been studying at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London since and wrote the manifesto as a reaction against lectures by Tony Dugdale of the architectural collective Archigram. In , after obtaining a grant to study at Cornell University , Koolhaas moved to New York in an effort to research the city. During this period, Koolhaas further collaborated with Elia Zenghelis on several hypothetical projects in Manhattan, such as redeveloping Roosevelt Island [5] or the design for the Sphinx Hotel at Times Square [6]. In a interview with architecture critic Cynthia Davidson, Koolhaas stated that the aim of publishing Delirious New York was to lay the written foundation to work from as an architect, before actually starting out as one.

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