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In this fanciful volume, Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, founder of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (O.M.A.), both analyzes and celebrates New York City. By suggesting the city as the site for an infinite variety of human activities and events--both real and imagined--the essence of the metropolitan lifestyle, its "culture of congestion" and its architecture are revealed in a brilliant new light. "Manhattan," Koolhaas 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)." Filled with fascinating facts, as well as photographs, postcards, maps, watercolors, and drawings, the vibrancy of Koolhaas's poignant exploration of Gotham equals the heady, frenetic energy of the city itself. Anyone who loves New York will want to own this book.
"Koolhaas's retroactive manifesto explains Manhattan's architecture as the physical embodiment of a 'culture of congestion,' " said LJ's reviewer of this mixture of architectural theory and social commentary (LJ 3/15/79).
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
A rambling, disturbing, revealing look at New York's evolution. Why the skyscraper, why the grid, why the congestion? Read morePublished 5 months ago by R. Pollak
Fascinating from start to finish. This is a gripping history of the city of New York, tracing its architectural evolution from the Dutch's rational plotting the grid of Manhattan... Read morePublished 8 months ago by DS
Lucidly written, it manages to be simultaneously clear yet poetic. The book manages to be cynical of the phenomenon that is New York while at the same time clearly being in... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Andre
This classic is a must read for every architect, urbanist and New York aficionado. Although written may years ago, the essence of the city, which Koolhaas correctly sensed and... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Xavier Atlas
an artsy fartsy, overly pretentious SNORE of a read, I believe some of the words used in this book don't even really exist at all, but the author simply wanted us to believe he... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Douglas B. Barr
Reem Koolhaas wrote this text as an final degree work. His analysis about NY and Mannhatan are great in importance.Published 18 months ago by andrekobashi