A précis by Emma Watson Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan is an engaging review of modern architecture and. by. Rem Koolhaas. · Rating details · 2, ratings · 91 reviews. Since its original publication in , Delirious New York has attained mythic status. Back in. Author Eric Kraft describes Rem Koolhaas’ Delirious New York as a “sometimes outrageous retroactive manifesto” about architecture and city.

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This is the first one. Apr 15, Kathleen rated it liked it. 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. Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email. Reminiscenza archaeologic hew Salvador Dali I had the flu, so I took to my bed and read the book, delirious much of the time and fascinated all of the time.

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March 19, I am reminded of a short story by Brecht, regarding plane flight The offices and apartments simply encased the elevators.

I don’t know whether it was ever built, if it was occupied, or how long it existed. Published December 1st by The Monacelli Press first published Written while Rem Koolhaas was a visiting professor at the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York, and first published in – written during a period of financial crisis, with the city government narrowly avoiding bankruptcy through a substantial federal loan. Then, there are the planners of controlled chaos, those who 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.


Theoretical points are raised in a similar, vaguely impressionistic fashion. Mar 02, Barrett Doherty rated it it was amazing Shelves: To Koolhaas, New York is both singular and universal—like no other city on Earth but also the most telling manifestation of the modern psyche.

The Parisian authorities do not take the Radiant proposal seriously. What would you have preferred to study if you got to do it all over? Books Featured In This Story. Don’t get me wrong – parts were Very interesting and entertaining, but as a whole I didn’t feel that way. His most recent architectural work is the finally completed CCTV Tower in China, for which he yrk provided a long and detailed explanation on how it is the pinnacle of the theories he originally proposed in this book.

Rem Koolhaas’s celebration and analysis of New York depicts the city as a metaphor for the incredible variety of human behavior. As much a history of schemes and illusions as a lucid extrapolation of the pragmatism that bore out the aesthetics of the skyscraper yor, the limits of the grid, the zoning law of and the city’s ever present culture of congestion, Koolhaas is dazzling as yirk reads the formal code of the city’s past through its buildings and Delirious Koolahas York is a book that gives shape and vision to the endless collisions, accidents, and collaborations that produced the signature architecture of Manhattan.


Goodluck with your current career choice, i for one will stick this out and hopefully my passion bears fruit. Two opposing forces are at play during the century of mass culture.

Koolhaas has little sympathy for the former. This description is both acute and comical: Eric Kraft’s most recent novel is Flying. Media technologies were structurally integrated into the modern metropolis, as can be seen in the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, Daily News Building, and most importantly the Rockefeller Center.

Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan

Heard on All Things Considered. I will have to give this another read. Dali is incomprehensible neew the story of the Macy’s display true?

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