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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I am reminded of a short story by Brecht, regarding plane flight Fueled by Koolhaas’ precise and colorful verbal descriptions, the book makes good use of historical The main thing I learned from this book is that architects have incredible freedom in establishing their own narratives. 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 of the theories he originally proposed in this book.

And he paints a wonderful picture of it at various historical and spatial stages. 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. There are the architects of ‘the people’, or, practical city planners who know what’s w for the unwashed masses Le Corbusier, Moses.

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

Thus Corbusier’s campaign to destroy Manhattan and rebuild it in his new image is much more compelling than Dali’s exhortations, where he accepts and absorbs all of the city’s contradictions that Corbusier tries to eliminate with his Radiant City. Open Preview See a Problem?


I take issue with his overarching theory. Books by Rem Koolhaas.

Delirious New York

Some really beautiful ideas in there though, especially in the first and last chapters of the book. Mar 06, Peter rated it really liked it Shelves: What saves Koolhaas is the fact that he’s a working architect and, i’ll add, a damn fine one at that.

Most books on Architecture these days talk about some bullshit ideas, but described through flowery yet complex words.

Jun 14, Anna rated it really liked it Shelves: The contemporary Coney Island is a pale shadow of the previous Coney Island. 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. He tells his reasons for writing the book, explains the retro active manifesto of New York by tracing the history of the place, mentions about the people involved during the time and then concludes with his own projects collaborated with Elia Zenghalis etc to show how the manifesto could be then used for new projects in other cities.

Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan

Koolhaas has great material. Le Corbusier diagnosed the skyscrapers as being too small and thought the city should have a much bigger scale. I am just as impressed as anyone.

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.

The main thing I learned from this book is that architects have incredible freedom in establishing their own narratives. It contains a wealth of strange anecdotes, a forest of illustrations, and several underlying theses about the nature of New York City.


A good example of his school can be found in this conclusion I came to while stoned and watching Wallace and Gromit 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 deliriou bestow respectability and cultural neceseity to such rawly capitalistic activities, and maybe make a few sales or whatever.

Town Planning in Practi The book describes several architectural responses to these constrictions. A third project is the Downtown Athletic Club.

A history lesson, dissertion in urbanism and thought experiment soaked in pretentious intellectualoid blabber. He barely mentions the World Trade Center those buildings on the cover are the X, Y manhqttan Z towers at Rockefeller Centerthough Koolhaas probably ignored them since they did not exhibit the character and conflict that the other buildings did.

It was created in response to the realization that buildings produce shadows and that yogk seek to have access to light and air.

May 16, Matthew rated it really liked it. Other editions – View all Delirious New York: But bushwhack through this babble and you catch fleeting vistas of lucid thought about the unique architecture of NYC. Highly recommended to learn a little bit more about NYC history and the importance of Delrious in architecture world. Published December 1st by The Monacelli Press first published