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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Should be called New York Delusion. The inhabitants of Manhattan instantly discovered that they missed nature and wanted to recreate it.

Sometimes these articulated the gist of the gestalt better than anything that made it through the wringer of fundraising and city bureaucracy. I do think it hurt koolhwas opinion that this book took me soo long to finish.

Guardare in generale, cogliere elementi piccoli, elementi ingombranti e trovare fili conduttori, spiegazioni, movimenti interni. I was especially surprised by the rich history of Coney Island, considering the sad but somehow beautiful little beach it is nowadays.

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

Truly brilliant at times, it did make me marvel, but you really have to indulge the writer and power through the text to get to them. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. I don’t know whether it was ever built, if it was occupied, or how long it existed. There are the architects of ‘the people’, or, practical city planners who know what’s good for the unwashed masses Le Corbusier, Moses.

He goes on with twisted things like this that make NYC look less like the unintentional beauty of ruthless capitalism, and more like some crystaline realization of our strange side.

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Ein Pool, von einem russischen Studenten entworfen. Reminiscenza archaeologic by Salvador Dali Most books on Architecture these days talk about some bullshit ideas, but described through flowery yet complex words. It combines a singular history of the city with a lively and sometimes outrageous “retroactive manifesto” about architecture and city planning. In Rem Koolhaas won the Pritzker Prize.


This description is both acute and comical: No trivia or quizzes yet. I was in the habit of thinking of the progression of architectural styles as basically the constant interplay of the material imperative cost of building materials, abundance of capital, utility and use, shifting technologies, zoning yprk, etc.

The writing is very droll and clever. Koolbaas second project described is the first Waldorf-Astoria hotel, its geographic replacement – The Empire State building, and its recreation, the current Waldorf-Astoria hotel.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Koolhaas has little sympathy for the former.

The enjoyment of the masses must be refined for their sake! Dec 28, Mike Polizzi rated it really liked it. Don’t get me wrong – parts were Very interesting and entertaining, but as a whole I didn’t feel that way. The grid system in Manhattan predicted the future condition of the city; its two dimensional restrictions gave way to three dimensional freedom, and the millions of people that it now houses was envisaged far before a tiny proportion were even present.

Mar 02, Barrett Doherty rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is about Manhattanism. The most interesting parts are when he focuses on the macro level, like how Radio City Music Hall was too big for audiences to see the subtle maneuvers of music-hall style comedy; though it had a backstage build to accommodate scores of performers and animals, it was the simple non-narrative entertainment of the Rockettes that survived the difficult early years of the hall.

His Reinforced Dough is just another false act among the multitudes. 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.


The Birth Of Manhattan? A ‘Delirious’ Story

Delirious New York is also packed with intriguing and fun facts and illustrated with witty watercolors and quirky archival drawings, photographs, postcards, and maps.

A utopia that is indifferent to topography, imposing the mental over the real. Facebook Deliriuos Flipboard Email. But what is a retroactive manifesto?

Things taken for granted, such as the elevator. Highly recommended to learn a little bit more about NYC history and the importance of Manhattan in architecture world. Some really beautiful ideas in there though, especially in the first and last chapters of the book. La seconda ammirazione va alla nascita del: Some of the book’s illustrations are so richly detailed that I examine them with a magnifying glass — and the effort is rewarded.

Jun 14, Anna rated it really liked it Shelves: Apr 23, Maxim rated it really liked it. Colin Rowe and Fred Koetter. The Grid — the skeleton of today’s Manhattan.

Pramod Prajapti 30 October at La mia prima ammirazione va per quello che fa. 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. Before there were subways, there were rollercoasters.

Delirious New York

He is building his own tools, which are then being used to construct his own manifesto, fabricating evidence. Christian Baluyut 29 April at It thrust him into the spoliglight of architectural critics across the globe. Nov kpolhaas, Clif Brittain rated it really liked it Shelves: Find newsletter articles, calculators, and research reports at LPS Financial.