Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan

By Rem Koolhaas

In view that its unique booklet 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 recent York is much more well known, promoting out its first printing on ebook. Rem Koolhaas's party and research of latest York depicts town as a metaphor for the very good number of human habit. on the finish of the 19th century, inhabitants, details, and know-how explosions made new york 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 through architectural mutations (Central Park, the Skyscraper), utopian fragments (Rockefeller middle, the U.N. Building), and irrational phenomena (Radio urban tune Hall)." Koolhaas translates and reinterprets the dynamic courting among structure and tradition in a couple of telling episodes of recent York's background, together with the imposition of the big apple grid, the construction of Coney Island, and the improvement of the skyscraper. Delirious New York is additionally choked with interesting and enjoyable evidence and illustrated with witty watercolors and quirky archival drawings, photos, postcards, and maps. The spirit of this visionary research of big apple equals the strength of the town itself.

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