Architecture and Disjunction / Edition 1

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Overview

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 from1975 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.

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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 c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262700603
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 278
  • Sales rank: 957,704
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Bernard Tschumi is Principal of Bernard Tschumi Architects, New York and Paris. He was dean of the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture from 1988 to 2003.

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Table of Contents

Sources and Acknowledgments
Introduction 2
I. Space (essays written in 1975 and 1976) 25
The Architectural Paradox 27
Questions of Space 53
Architecture and Transgression 65
The Pleasure of Architecture 81
II. Program (essays written between 1981 and 1983) 99
Architecture and Limits 101
Violence of Architecture 121
Spaces and Events 141
Sequences 153
III. Disjunction (essays written between 1984 and 1991) 171
Madness and the Combinative 173
Abstract Mediation and Strategy 191
Disjunctions 207
De-, Dis-, Ex- 215
Six Concepts 227
Notes 260
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