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Deliryczny Nowy Jork – urbanistyczno-architektoniczna psychoanaliza?
Delirious New York - Urban and Architectural Psychoanalysis?

Author(s): Filip Lipiński
Subject(s): Architecture
Published by: Stowarzyszenie Czasu Kultury
Keywords: New York's architecture; Rem Koolhaas; metropolis; urbanization

Summary/Abstract: The paper offers a critical discussion of Rem Koolhaas’s book "Delirious New York", first published in Polish in 2013. The essay’s author outlines the topics discussed in the book, focusing on key aspects of both Koolhassas’ analytical perspective on the city and its architecture, and the manner in which he wrote the book. Special attention is placed on connections between the book’s title, the transformations it describes, and its language, all of which reveal Koolhaas’ interest in surrealism and psychoanalytic discourse. This book offers an interpretation harking back to the nineteenth and mid-twentieth centuries, of the metropolis as the realization of what the Dutch architect calls the “ideology of Manhattanization”, located at the border between the city’s unconsciousness to consciousness. The paper also discusses the book’s proposal for thinking about the history of New York as a multi-layered process in which imagination and material reality, concepts and matter, are inseparably entangled, and constitute “Manhattanism”.

  • Issue Year: XXX/2014
  • Issue No: 01
  • Page Range: 144-150
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: Polish