Typology And Morphology: Koolhaa Analysis

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Week 7
Typology and Morphology: Koolhaas: Manhattanism vs Atlanta

In what way do contradictions of cities like Atlanta and Manhattan enhance our experience of the city?
How does the morphology of a grid layout impact the movement of people, and how does that impact the experience of the urbanism?

In Rem Koolhaas’ Delirious New York, he engages the readers through his review and criticism of modern urbanism and architecture. He explores the city of Manhattan as an urban experiment and a field for man made experiences and a platform to the modern life. He demonstrates the concept of “Manhattanism” as a manifestation of urbanism of hyper density created by the man made urban conditions. The first chapter of the book gives the
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Its roads are within its forests, which makes it a landscaped city. The zoning of the city, in its indetermination leads to the city allowing for anything to happen anywhere, with no main centers within the city Atlanta spreads beyond the typical central downtown zoning of typical cities. Koolhaas talks about John Portman and his work as an architect and a developer, working on blocks one by one to rebirth Atlanta. With his reinvention of atrium spaces, downtown Atlanta became an accumulation of voided spaces. Over time the essence of downtown was destroyed due to the rapid increase of smaller downtowns and lack of center. As Patrick Nisson discusses in his article, Neofuturist architect John Portman bet on cities just as people fled them, he focuses on analyzing Portman’s work and approach and reiterates a lot of the same points that Koolhaas does. Over time, Portman developed a people-centric designs, listen to the people's wants to have them implemented in their work. His approach to design was focused on the movement of the people first and foremost. Sisson reiterates how Portman focuses his project on movement and creating spaces with progression and …show more content…
Beyond the differences of approaches when it comes to analyzing both cities, one of the points that I found intriguing and personally quiet surprising as someone who is from a non-American culture, being from a reserved culture, reading about the contrasting lifestyles of Manhattan - the city of work, business and the elite - and Coney Island - the city of parties, rollercoasters, sexual intensity - was an interesting read. To see completely different contrasting sides of two parts of the city within the same state, going from one extreme to the other, and talking about the island’s artificiality becoming the attraction and becoming the new metropolis. This puts both the city of Manhattan into a category of a congested business

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