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Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan

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Since its original publication in 1978, Delirious New York has attained mythic status. 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. Rem Koolhaas's celebration and analysis of New York depicts the city as a metaphor for the incredible variety of human behavior. At the end of the nineteenth century, population, information, and technology explosions made Manhattan a laboratory for the invention and testing of a metropolitan lifestyle — "the culture of congestion" — and its architecture.

"Manhattan," he writes, "is the 20th century's Rosetta Stone . . . occupied by architectural mutations (Central Park, the Skyscraper), utopian fragments (Rockefeller Center, the U.N. Building), and irrational phenomena (Radio City Music Hall)." Koolhaas interprets and reinterprets the dynamic relationship between architecture and culture in a number of telling episodes of New York's history, including the imposition of the Manhattan grid, the creation of Coney Island, and the development of the skyscraper. Delirious New York is also packed with intriguing and fun facts and illustrated with witty watercolors and quirky archival drawings, photographs, postcards, and maps. The spirit of this visionary investigation of Manhattan equals the energy of the city itself.

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Describes the effect of the overcrowding of Manhattan on the development of New York's architecture, and of the latter on the culture of the city, and argues that they are the results of a deliberate, if unexpressed, program.

Synopsis:

Since it was first published in 1978, Delirious New York has attained a near myuthic status. This important cultural, architectural, and social history and analysis of New York was published in a new, redesigned edition by The Monacelli Press in 1995.

About the Author

Rem Koolhaas is the internationally known architect, a founder of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (O.M.A.) in Rotterdam, and author of the critically acclaimed S,M,L,XL.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781885254009
Author:
Koolhaas, Rem
Publisher:
Monacelli Press
Location:
New York :
Subject:
United states
Subject:
New york (state)
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
Architecture
Subject:
New york (n.y.)
Subject:
United States - Northeast - Middle Atlantic (General)
Subject:
U.S. Architecture - General
Subject:
Architecture -- New York (State) -- New York.
Subject:
ARCHITECTURE / Reference
Subject:
architecture;new york;theory;new york city;cities;urbanism;manifesto;urba
Subject:
n planning;urban studies;rem koolhaas;art;architectural theory;history;architectural history;criticism
Edition Number:
New ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
knj. 17
Publication Date:
19971231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4-COLOR PHOTOGRAPHS THROUGHOUT
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.34 x 7.29 x 0.88 in 2 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Describes the effect of the overcrowding of Manhattan on the development of New York's architecture, and of the latter on the culture of the city, and argues that they are the results of a deliberate, if unexpressed, program.
"Synopsis" by , Since it was first published in 1978, Delirious New York has attained a near myuthic status. This important cultural, architectural, and social history and analysis of New York was published in a new, redesigned edition by The Monacelli Press in 1995.
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