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Delirious New York

A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan

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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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
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  • Delirious New YorkIntroduction
    Prehistory
    Coney Island: The Technology of the Fantastic
    The Double Life of Utopia: The Skyscraper
    The Frontier in the Sky
    The Skyscraper Theorists
    The Lives of a Block: The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel and the Empire State Building
    Definitive Instability: The Downtown Athletic Club
    How Perfect Perfection Can Be: The Creation of Rockefeller Center
    The Talents of Raymond Hood
    All the Rockefeller Centers
    Radio City Music Hall: The Fun Never Sets
    Kremlin on Fifth Avenue
    2 Postscripts
    Europeans: Biuer! Dali and Le Corbusier Conquer New York
    Postmortem
    Appendix: A Fictional Conclusion
    Notes
    Acknowledgments
    Credits
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 320
Erscheinungsdatum 01.12.1994
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-885254-00-9
Verlag Random House LCC US
Maße (L/B/H) 23.8/18.6/2.2 cm
Gewicht 962 g
Abbildungen 200 illustrations, 25 in colour
Verkaufsrang 188
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