Bernard Tschumi – Six Concepts Excerpt from Architecture and Disjunction CONCEPT I: Technologies of Defamiliarization In the mids small pockets of . 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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Preview — Architecture and Disjunction by Bernard Tschumi. We have also seen that to endorse this logic means that any work is interchangeable with any other, just as we accelerate the shedding of the skin of a dormitory and replace it with another. 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.

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.

Bernard Tschumi

The same could be said of much of Sergei Eisenstein’s theory of film montage. The condition of New York and the chaos of Tokyo are thus perceived as legitimate urban forms. From the beginning, the polemics of deconstruction, together with much of post-structuralist thought, interested a small number of architects because it seemed to question the very principles of geborgenheit that the postmodernist mainstream was trying to promote.

Paperbackpages. These texts are revolutionary, traversing the entire field of architecture while remaining 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. Beyondzero rated it really liked it Apr 09, Architecture in the megalopolis may be more about finding unfamiliar solutions to problems than about the quieting, comforting solutions of the establishment community.

Madness and the Combinative. Lists with This Book. The architect is not meant to question structure. The event is the place where the rethinking and reformulation of the different elements of architecture, many of which have resulted in or added to contemporary social inequities, may lead to their solution.


If the design of windows only reflects the superficiality of the skin’s decoration, we might very well start to look for a way to do without windows. We have also seen that the shock goes against the nostalgia of permanence or authority, whether it is in culture in general or architecture in particular.

The Moment of Complexity: There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Bob Rayes rated it it was amazing Jun 02, 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.

Mithraa Gopal rated it liked it Apr 06, Contemporary philosophy has touched upon this relationship between frame and image — here the frame is seen as the structure, the armature, and the image as the ornament.

Tschumi’s discourse has always been considered radical and disturbing. 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 program s. Gerardo rated it it was amazing Aug 15, View all 6 comments. After all, what would happen to insurance premiums and to reputations if the building collapsed? Ceci n’est pas une pipe.

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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.

Since the Renaissance, architectural theory has always distinguished between structure and ornament, and has set forth the hierarchy between them. Technologies of Defamiliarization Archtecture the mids small pockets of resistance began to form as architects in various parts of the world — England, Austria, the United States, Japan for the most part, in advanced postindustrial cultures — started to take advantage of this condition of fragmentation and superficiality and ddisjunction turn it against itself.


I take this detour through technology because technology is inextricably linked to our contemporary condition: Included are a number of seminal essays that incited broad attention when they first appeared in magazines tschhumi journals, as well as more recent and topical texts. Bernard Tschumi is an architect, writer, and educator, commonly associated with deconstructivism.

Edouard rated it it was amazing Feb 21, The increase in change and superficiality also means a weakening of architecture as a form of domination, power, and authority, as it historically has been in the last disjinction thousand years.

Help Center Find new research papers in: MIT Press- Architecture – pages. In a mediatized world, this relentless need for change is not necessarily to be understood as negative.

Just as important is the spatialization that goes with the event. He opposes modernist ideology and postmodern brenard since both impose restrictive criteria on what may be deemed “legitimate” cultural conditions.

Instead, they mark the appearance of a new urban structure, a new urbanity. For in comparison to science or philosophy, architecture rarely questions its foundations.

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Over fifty years after the publication of Benjamin’s text, we may have to say that tscuhmi is still all we have left to communicate in a time of generalized information.

Architecture and Disjunction

To quote Leon Battista Alberti: Crossprogramming Disjunctionn has always been as much about the event that takes place in a space as about the space itself. The Turning Point My own work in the s constantly reiterated that there was no architecture without event, archjtecture architecture without action, without activities, without functions.

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