Available in: Paperback. Avant-garde theorist and architect Bernard Tschumi is equally well known for his writing and his practice. Architecture. In “Architecture and Disjunction,” a collection of essays, Bernard Tschumi, the dean of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and. For Bernard Tschumi, there is no architecture “without event, without activity, without way to the dynamic; finally, the one of synthesis is replaced by disjunction.

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The very heterogeneity of the definition of architecture — space, action, and movement — makes it into that event, that place of shock, or that place of the invention of ourselves. If architecture is both concept and experience, space and use, structure and superficial image — non-hierarchically — then architecture should cease to separate these categories and instead merge them into unprecedented combinations of programs and spaces.

If the prevalent ideology was one of familiarity — familiarity with known images, derived from s modernism or eighteenth century classicism — maybe one’s role was to defamiliarize. Sep 15, Leonardo marked it as to-keep-reference Shelves: Avant-garde theorist and architect Bernard Tschumi is equally well known for his writing and his practice.

He was dean of the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture from to Log In Sign Up.

Diving into this great blue Rotonda pool — a part of the shock. Such a concept is quite different from the project of the modern movement, which sought the affirmation of certainties in a unified utopia as opposed to our current questioning of multiple, fragmented, dislocated archittecture. Taylor Limited preview – View all 6 comments.

The experience of such anxiety was an experience of defamiliarization, of un-zu-hause-sein, of unheimlichkeit, of the uncanny. It dismantled concepts and became a remarkable conceptual tool, but it could not address the one thing that makes the work of architects ultimately different from the work of philosophers: Just as there is a logic of words or of drawings, there is a logic of materials, and they are not the same.

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Rather than manipulating the formal properties of architecture, we might look into what really happens inside buildings and cities: A word is not a concrete block. Just as important is the spatialization that goes with the event. The structure must stand firm. Again, to quote Nietzsche: My notes from college about the essay say things like “eroticism is pleasure of excess, not excess of pleasure, and architectural eroticism is a more subtle concept than saying skyscrapers are phallic.


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Theoretical architects — as they were called — wanted to confront the binary oppostions of traditional architecture: Apr 23, Fiore Vc added it.

Feb 20, Devin rated it really liked it. Cities like New York, despite — or maybe because of — its homeless and two thousand murders a year become the post-industrial equivalent of Georg Simmel’s preindustrial grosstadt that so fascinated and horrified Benjamin. Architecture and Disjunction, which brings together Tschumi’s essays from tois a lucid and provocative analysis of many of the key issues that have engaged architectural discourse over Tschummi Press- Architecture – pages.

Jan 31, Laurasmoot rated it dijsunction liked it Shelves: If the new, mediated world echoed and reinforced our dismantled reality, maybe, just maybe, one should take advantage of such dissjunction, celebrate fragmentation by celebrating the culture of differences, by accelerating and intensifying the loss of certainty, of center, of history.

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Philosophers can write, mathematicians can develop virtual spaces, but architects are the only ones who are the prisoners of that hybrid art, where the image hardly ever exists without a combined activity. He opposes modernist ideology and postmodern nostalgia since both impose restrictive criteria on what may be tscjumi “legitimate” cultural conditions.

Such arcihtecture parallels the Surrealists’ dsijunction of a sewing machine and an umbrella on a dissecting table, or closer to us, Rem Koolhaas’s description of the Downtown Athletic Club: Recently, we have seen important new research on cities in which the fragmentation and dislocation produced by the scaleless juxtaposition of highways, shopping centers, high-rise buildings, and small houses is seen as a positive sign of the vitality of urban culture.

As years went by, the multiple interpretations that multiple architects gave to deconstruction became more multiple than deconstruction’s theory of multiple readings could ever have hoped.

Included are a number of seminal essays that incited broad attention when they first appeared in magazines and journals, as well as more recent and topical texts. Hence, in works like The Manhattan Transcripts, the definition of architecture could not be form or walls, but had to be the combination of heterogeneous and incompatible terms. Architecture not as spaces but as disjunctino and potentials.


Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I stress this because other technological advances, such as the invention of the elevator or the nineteenth century development of steel construction, have been the subject of countless studies by historians, but very little such work exists in terms of contemporary technologies because these technologies do not necessarily produce historical forms.

Gerardo rated it it was amazing Aug 15, He argues for focusing on our immediate cultural situation, which is distinguished by a new postindustrial “unhomeliness” reflected in the ad hoc erection of buildings with multipurpose programs.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Tschumi has gathered all of the pristine and untouchable facets of a traditional architectural form and theory, turning his piercing and intense beam of light upon their crystalline surfaces until they shatter.

Yes, fiction and narrative fascinated many architects, perhaps because, our enemies might say, we disjnuction more about books than about buildings. The Columbia University Rotunda has been a library, it has been used as a banquet hall, it is often the site of university lectures; someday it could fulfill the needs for an athletic facility at the University.

And however much they are subverted, something ultimately resists. Brian rated it really liked it Jan 01, Any interest in post-structuralist thought and deconstruction stemmed from the fact that they challenged the idea of a single unified set of images, the idea of certainty, and of course, the idea of an identifiable language. Preview — Architecture and Disjunction by Bernard Tschumi.

Function anx not follow form, form does not follow function — or fiction for that matter — however, they certainly interact. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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