“The enquiry begins with a line drawn between London Gatwick airport and The Local hostel, New York.
Just across the Queensboro Bridge an artificial mountain range of skyscrapers emerge from the urban archipelago of Manhattan, paranoiac constructions of the 20th century. Le Corbusier decried these “misshapen adolescents of the machine age” when he described them in the terms of the Uncanny:
Imagine a man undergoing a mysterious disturbance of his organic life;
the torso remains normal, but his legs become ten or twenty times too long.
(Le Corbusier, 1947, p.89)
Subsequent readings of Koolhaas’ Delirious New York provide a series of language prompts with which to consider the island in the context of the Uncanny.”