Architecture and Disjunction
and Disjunction. Bernard Tschumi.
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A collection of essays originally published 1975-91 by renowned
practicing and theoretical architect Tschumi, including a number
of his seminal writings. Dismissing both modernist ideology and
postmodern nostalgia, he says buildings should reflect the discontinuity
and heterogeneity of the immediate culture. No index. Annotation
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Avant-garde theorist and architect Bernard Tschumi is equally well
known for his writing and his practice. Architecture and Disjunction,
which brings together Tschumi's essays from 1975 to 1990, is a lucid
and provocative analysis of many of the key issues that have engaged
architectural discourse over the past two decades -- from deconstructive
theory to recent concerns with the notions of event and program.
The essays develop different themes in contemporary theory as they
relate to the actual making of architecture, attempting to realign
the discipline with a new world culture characterized by both discontinuity
and heterogeneity. 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. Tschumi's discourse
has always been considered radical and disturbing. He opposes modernist
ideology and postmodern nostalgia since both impose restrictive
criteria on what may be deemed "legitimate" cultural conditions.
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. The condition of New York and the chaos of Tokyo are thus
perceived as legitimate urban forms. The essays: The Architectural
Paradox. Questions of Space. Architecture and Transgression. The
Pleasure of Architecture. Architecture and Limits. Violence of Architecture.
Spaces and Events. Sequences. Abstract Mediation and Strategy. Madness
and the Combinative. Disjunctions. De-, Dis-, Ex-, Six Concepts.
About the Author
Bernard Tschumi is Dean of the Graduate School of Architecture,
Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University.