This extreme vision is known as ‘Manhattanism’, which was a term coined in 1978 by the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. In his book, Delirious New York, Koolhaas wrote, "Manhattanism is the one urbanistic ideology that has fed, from its conception, on the splendors and miseries of the metropolitan condition—hyper-density—without once losing faith in it as the basis for a desirable modern culture. Manhattan’s architecture is a paradigm for the exploitation of congestion."
Manhattanism is a theme that appears in a lot of Dieselpunk creations. The most famous being the proto-Dieselpunk movie 'Metropolis', which became the theme for so many Dieselpunk cities.
|Metropolis (movie), 1927|
|Hugh Ferriss, The Metropolis of Tomorrow (book), 1929|
|Just Imagine (movie), 1930|
|Batman (movie), 1989|
|New Cap City from Caprica (television), 2010|
|Metropolis in DC Comics|