Delirious New York
by Rem Koolhaas
Editor: Monacelli Press
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Since its first publication in 1978, New York Délire has achieved a mythical status.Back in the press, in a new edition, this influential New York culture, architecture and social history, is even more popular, selling its first impression on the publication.Rem Koolhaas of New York City’s celebration and analysis describes the city as a metaphor for the incredible variety of man’s behavior.At the end of the 19th century, population, information and explosions technology made Manhattan a laboratory for the invention and testing of a lifestyle metropolitan – “the culture of congestion” – and its architecture.”Manhattan,”he writes,”is the 20th century, the Rosetta Stone.occupied by architectural changes (Central Park, the Skyscraper), utopian fragments (Rockefeller Center, UNConstruction), and the irrational phenomena (Radio City Music Hall)”Koolhaas interprets and revisits the dynamics of the relationship between architecture and culture in a number of narratives of New York episodes, history, including the imposition of Manhattan’s grid, the creation of Coney Island, and the development of the skyscraper.New York delirious, is also packed with intriguing and amusing facts and illustrated with the spirit of watercolor and funny archive drawings, photographs, postcards and maps.The spirit of this visionary of the Manhattan Inquiry is equal to the energy of the city itself.
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