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 prĂ©cis 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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If this is the basis for that kind of noble, unearthly, whimsical, and still remarkably practical architecture, I’ll take it.

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. I love this book.

Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan

But what would I know. Two opposing forces are at play during the century of mass culture.

I do think it hurt my opinion that this book took me soo long to finish. Don’t get me wrong – parts were Very interesting and entertaining, but as a whole I didn’t feel that way.

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

Highly recommended to learn a little bit more about NYC history and the importance of Manhattan dflirious architecture world. Less entertaining were the visits by Dali and Le Corbusier and their attempts to “save” Manhattan. Vielleicht ist dort ja inzwischen schon der Kommunismus angekommen?


I lived in NY for 8 years and I found Koolhaas to be right on point. Wonderful little book on the bizarre, wacky and ridiculous ideas that took Coney Island and Manhattan during the pre-and early sky scraper era. Dali is delirioous is the story of the Macy’s display true?

It was enabled by the elevator. But what was it about?

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

It’s wonderful to read an analysis so grounded in the basic facts depirious life, yet stretched so far into the purely theoretical.

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 analysis is entertainingly idiosyncratic and yet curiously illuminating.

Feb 10, Julia Mihhailova rated it it was amazing.

Delirious New York

Describes quite vividly key characters involved in the planning and construction of Rockefeller center, Empire State Building, Waldorf-Astoria. Koolhaas has great material. But even if only a dream, it would be considered too unreal to exist.

Certified financial planner Brooklyn: They both had the idea of New York in their heads before they saw it, but which Dali was ecstatic that his dreams had come to life, Le Corbusier was furious that someone had thought of it first. Kraft taught school and wrote textbooks; he was the co-captain of a clam boat, which sank.

This congestion, in a realm divorced from reality, forces the metropolis ever upward into the speculative. Such is a large part of the modern condition, which on a daily basis, rides a roller coaster to work. Koolhaas describes Elisha Otis’ elevator exhibit near the turn of the century as ‘anticlimax as denouement’, where extreme disaster always looms, and the escape from it is part of daily life.

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So not only will your architectural glass be safe, it will also be decorative.

However, much of the text is accessible and provides a powerful understanding of the ideas that fueled the growth of Manhattan at the beginning of the last century. The villains are officials and planners and Utopian architects who have largely been excluded in the population’s headlong rush toward the future, and who resent it. Molto pop, anche se nessun critico sarebbe d’accordo su questo aggettivo.

Feb 03, Vanessa Wu rated it it was amazing Shelves: Published December 1st by The Monacelli Press first published Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player.

He was educated in Architecture at Cambridge and Harvard Universities. Add to this the infinite need for rich white men to display phallic prowess, and you’ve got Manhattan! Refresh and try again.