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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Strategy is a key word in architecture today. 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. Calling for more inclusion of the irrational, Tschumi discusses the sensual aspects of space through sexual analogy: Edouard rated it it was amazing Feb 21, Architecture and Disjunction, which brings together Bernnard essays from tois a lucid and provocative analysis of many of the key issues that have engaged architectural discourse over You may think I’m being facetious, but in today’s world where railway stations become museums and churches become nightclubs, a point txchumi being made: Function does not follow form, form does not follow function — or fiction for that matter — however, they certainly interact.

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. Touhidul Islam Moulik rated it liked it Nov 10, Just as there is a logic of words or of drawings, there is a logic of materials, and they are not the same.

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 the past two decades — from deconstructive theory to recent concerns with the notions of event and program.

Architecture and Disjunction

After all, deconstruction is anti-form, anti-hierarchy, anti-structure, the opposite of all that architecture stands for. View all 6 comments.

El papel de la arquitectura no es expresar una estructura social existente, sino funcionar como una herramienta para cuestionar esa estructura y modificarla.

Books by Bernard Tschumi. Tschumi’s discourse has always been considered radical and disturbing. Here all hierarchical relationships between form and function cease to exist. Sameer rated it it was amazing Jun 27, Although both stemmed from early interests in linguistics and semiology, the first group saw fiction and narrative as part of the realm of metaphors, of a new architecture parlante, of form, while the second group saw fiction and scenarios as analogues for programs and function.

Architecture and Disjunction – Bernard Tschumi – Google Books

For one architect it had to do with dissimulation, for another, with fragmentation; for yet another, with displacement. 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.

Social critics regularly question the image, yet rarely question the apparatus, the frame. Instead, they mark the appearance of a new urban structure, a new urbanity.

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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. 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.

Raymond rated it really liked it Jun 10, I would like to point out that Benjamin’s analysis corresponds exactly to the historical and philosophical dilemma of architecture.

He was dean of the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture from to 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. Gerardo rated it it was amazing Aug 15, Roland Barthes’ Structural Analysis of Narratives was fascinating in this respect, for it could be directly transposed both in spatial and programmatic sequence.


In the majority of construction in this country today, structural practice is rigorously similar in concept: Tokyo and New York only appear chaotic. Bartdehartog rated it really liked it Feb 29, Read, highlight, and dlsjunction notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

Crossprogramming Architecture has always been as much about the event that takes place in a space as about the space itself. He opposes modernist ideology and postmodern nostalgia since both impose restrictive criteria on what may be deemed “legitimate” cultural conditions. We find superimposition used quite remarkably in Peter Diisjunction work, where the overlays for his Romeo and Juliet project pushed literary and philosophical parallels to extremes.

Bernard Tschumi

Disjunctino our era of reproduction, we have seen how the conventional construction techniques of frame and skin corresponded to the superficiality and precariousness of media culture, and how a constant expansion of change was necessary to satisfy the often banal needs of the media.

Still, for over a century, and especially in the past twenty architfcture, we have seen the beginning of such questioning. Fhey rated it it was amazing Feb 10, 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.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Indeed, architecture finds itself in a unique situation: As opposed to nostalgic attempts to restore an impossible continuity of streets and plazas, this research implies making an event out of urban shock, intensifying and accelerating urban experience through clash and disjunction.

These texts are revolutionary, traversing the entire field of architecture while remaining engrossing and highly readable. The structure must stand firm. Just as important is the spatialization that goes with the event. Bader Alshawaf rated it really liked it Aug 02,