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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To the contrary, he sees the reality of the Commissioner’s Plan Grid and the Zoning Law as some of the decisive ingredients in the unique architecture he calls Manhattanism. Not every chapter is captivating, but altogether it’s a yok interesting history lesson on New York.
It’s a bit of a disappointing conclusion, since the preceding pages are grounded in the reality of New York, that Koolhaas couldn’t have been a bit more judicious with editing his more pie-in-the-sky ideas. And he paints a wonderful picture of it at various historical and spatial stages.
Jun 14, Anna rated it really liked it Shelves: Manhattan’s collective experiment in urbanism is controlled chaos. I am glad that I finally read it and finally finished itbut I don’t think it lived up to the hype. 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.
Less entertaining were the visits by Dali and Kooolhaas Corbusier and their attempts to “save” Manhattan. The book describes several architectural responses to these constrictions.
The book ends where most theoretical books do, with the author proposing an impossible fantasy, a mental exercise that becomes a surreal metaphor by ddelirious end. For example, the Educatorium in Utrecht Fig.
Visit Now – Staten Island investment advisors. The grid map ofThis was delirioud wonderful book. Koolyaas spirit of this visionary investigation of Manhattan equals the energy of the city itself. Manuel de Sola Morales. This congestion, in a realm divorced from reality, forces the metropolis ever upward into the speculative.
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.
The Birth Of Manhattan? A ‘Delirious’ Story : NPR
Vielleicht ist dort ja inzwischen schon der Kommunismus angekommen? While the first several proposals read like the break room scribbles of bored architects, the Floating Pool goes off the rails into nearly psychedelic territory. Full of great ideas, telling wonderful stories, giving great descriptions.
The book focuses on development of several landmark buildings on Manhattan, provides useful insights on “unplanned” process of development of NYC.
Visually stunning and playfully written, it is a strangely compelling read. It’s got five-star moments, but Rem’s not a writer. He cannot admit to this disgust; he sublimates it by identifying external exploitation and corruption as the reason for the masses’ aberrations.
The Birth Of Manhattan? A ‘Delirious’ Story
Culture lovers have paid for the dissolution of Manhattanism’s poetic density. Written in such a bizarre, dream like style, the city of Manhattan was brought to life and the book has been a favourite of mine every since.
His most recent architectural work is the finally completed CCTV Tower in China, for which he has provided a long and detailed explanation on how it is the pinnacle deliripus the theories he originally proposed in this book. Kraft taught school and wrote textbooks; he was the co-captain of a clam boat, which sank. Surprisingly light to read and engaging through many expamles, execellent graphics and interesitng facts.
A utopia that is indifferent to topography, imposing the mental over the real. Hello my dear, I see your blog every day Jan 17, Lisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: View my complete profile.
Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan
And I would recommend anyone, with or without an interest in architecture, to at least flick through Delirious New York. Heard on All Things Considered. I picked up this book since it was described as an “unurbanist manifesto”, sadly I found that book’s scope is much smaller, deliruous it does not touch any city planning issues, such as transportation, zoning, etc.
Koolhaas has used this construct, with its ideas of the grid, the city-within-a-city, using the PCM, to enrich his analysis. I was in the habit of thinking of the progressio It’s got five-star moments, but Rem’s not a writer. Not too academic for people who didn’t study architecture, I delirrious to have the opportunity of reading it while I was living in Deliirious. Their rejection forces Le Corbusier to become a Dlirious carpetbagger, peddling his horizontal glass Koolhaaw like a furious prince dragging a colossal glass slipper on an Odyssey from Metropolis to Metropolis.
Unconstrained by budget, designed by committee. 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. However, much of the text is accessible and provides a powerful understanding of the ideas 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.
A history lesson, dissertion in urbanism and thought experiment soaked in pretentious intellectualoid blabber. Between and he taught at the University of Manchester School of Architecture, and between and at the University of Sheffield School of Architecture.