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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The old castiron district found, through modern technology, the ability to replicate the beaux arts ornimentation found on the grand cultural and financial structures of the Guilded Age on its own, completely utilitarian warehouses and factories, as a way to bestow respectability and cultural neceseity to such rawly capitalistic activities, and maybe make a few sales or whatever.

I am reminded of a short story by Brecht, regarding plane flight Newer Post Older Post Home. Add to this the infinite need for rich ne men to display phallic prowess, and you’ve got Manhattan! Surprisingly light to read and engaging through many expamles, execellent graphics and interesitng facts. Monday, 24 May Rem Koolhaas: The offices and apartments simply encased the elevators.

La quarta ammirazione va per i progetti deliranti, da fottersi dalle risate. This description is both acute and comical: There is an interesting digression near the end, juxtaposing the ways that Le Corbusier and Salvador Dali used paranoia in their interpretation of Manhattan.

But ned elevators dominated the building and skyscrapers became pyramids with a core of elevators that decreased in area as they ascended. 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.


Delirious New York

Christian Baluyut 29 April at Rem has put his mind to understanding both the material and psychological engines of architecture as one complex. Interesting historical tidbits about the development of New York including some plans that were never builtwrapped up in a “retroactive manifesto” of Manhattanism, which, as these things go, is fairly readable, but makes much of small observations, like: 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 book focuses on development of several landmark buildings on Manhattan, provides useful insights on “unplanned” process of development of NYC. I am glad that I finally read it and finally finished itbut I don’t think it lived up to the hype. Whenever you will go to NYC after reading this masterpiece you will look at the city from a different perspective. Oct 25, M C rated it it was ok.

I do think it hurt my opinion that this book took me soo long to finish.

Koolhaas has great material. I was in the habit of thinking of the progressio It’s got five-star moments, but Rem’s not a writer.

He sees plans and popularly circulated sketches of never-to-be-realized buildings as important, too. Whether you are an architect or just want to expand your knowledge about one of the busiest cities in the world – this book definitely will appeal to you.

I truly tried my best to get through most of it, but I found the rhetoric and syntax to be obnoxiously tedious while lacking in cogency and force. The guy wearing the Chrysler building is a terrifying urban warrior. The second project described is the first Manattan hotel, its geographic replacement – The Empire State building, and its recreation, the current Waldorf-Astoria hotel.

Some architects are just a little to clever for their own good. The enjoyment of the masses must be refined for their sake!


My favorite description in the book is the skyscraper as an extrusion. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Since its original publication inDelirious New York has attained mythic status. Rem Koolhaas’ ‘Delirious New York’ is not merely a book on architecture, but an investigation into the psychology of what Msnifesto calls the ‘culture of congestion’ which served to influence ‘Manhattanism’—a philosophy to world-building which ushered the golden age of the skyscraper.

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. It helps when it is done masterfully, as is the case here. Maniffsto ask other readers questions about Delirious New Yorkplease sign up.

Manhattanism was defined concisely once within the book, but I can’t find it again.

Delirious New York

However, much of the text is accessible and provides a powerful understanding of the manfesto 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 like myself.

It’s from the 70’s so it’s not exactly up to date, and the writing style lives up to it’s “delirious” title sometimes. Since its original publication inDelirious New York has attained mythic status.