Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan

Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan

Rem Koolhaas


due to the fact its unique ebook in 1978, Delirious New York has attained mythic prestige. again in print in a newly designed variation, this influential cultural, architectural, and social historical past of latest York is much more well known, promoting out its first printing on book. Rem Koolhaas's social gathering and research of recent York depicts the town as a metaphor for the extraordinary number of human habit. on the finish of the 19th century, inhabitants, info, and know-how explosions made long island a laboratory for the discovery and checking out of a metropolitan way of life -- "the tradition of congestion" -- and its architecture.

"Manhattan," he writes, "is the 20 th century's Rosetta Stone . . . occupied by means of architectural mutations (Central Park, the Skyscraper), utopian fragments (Rockefeller heart, the U.N. Building), and irrational phenomena (Radio urban track Hall)." Koolhaas translates and reinterprets the dynamic courting among structure and tradition in a couple of telling episodes of latest York's historical past, together with the imposition of the ny grid, the construction of Coney Island, and the advance of the skyscraper. Delirious New York is additionally full of exciting and enjoyable evidence and illustrated with witty watercolors and quirky archival drawings, images, postcards, and maps. The spirit of this visionary research of long island equals the power of town itself.

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