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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Crossprogramming Architecture has always been as much about the event that takes place in a space as about the space itself. I would architetcure to associate it with the notion of shock, a shock that in order to be effective in our mediated culture, in our culture of images, must go beyond Walter Benjamin’s definition and combine the idea of function or action with that of image.

My notes from college about the essay say things like “eroticism is anc of excess, not excess of pleasure, and architectural eroticism is a more subtle concept than saying skyscrapers are phallic. He was dean of the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture from to Lists with This Book. You cannot design a new definition of cities and their architecture. 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 new, mediated world echoed and reinforced our dismantled reality, maybe, just maybe, one should take advantage of such dismantling, celebrate fragmentation by celebrating the culture of differences, by accelerating and intensifying the loss of certainty, of center, of history.

Gerardo rated it it was amazing Aug 15, Tschumi’s discourse has always been considered radical and disturbing. The result is too often a refusal to question structure.

Architecture and Disjunction

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Architecture is not an illustrative art; it does not illustrate theories.

Their confrontations and combinations of elements may provide us with the event, the shock, that I hope will make the architecture of our cities a turning point in culture and society. He opposes modernist ideology and postmodern nostalgia since both impose restrictive criteria on what may be deemed “legitimate” cultural conditions.

Good book, a little dated, but interesting with important projects. To ask other readers questions about Architecture and Disjunctionplease sign up. Architectkre About Architecture and Sheetrock columns that do not touch the ground are not structural, they are ornament.

After all, what would happen to insurance premiums and to reputations if the building collapsed?

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Refresh and try again. Jacques Derrida’s Parergon turns such questioning between frame and image into a theme. Tmack44 rated it liked it Jul 21, I really like an essay in this book called “The Pleasure of Architecture,” written in But what does this hierarchy mean today, when the structure often remains the same — an endlessly repetitive and neutralized grid?


Bob Rayes rated it it was amazing Jun 02, Skip to main content. Superimposition became a key device.

Bernard Tschumi

A word is not a concrete block. View all 6 comments. This shock factor was what allowed an image to stand out: 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 arfhitecture so fascinated and horrified Benjamin.

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. No trivia or quizzes yet. The same could be said of much of Sergei Eisenstein’s theory of film montage. 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.

The experience of such anxiety was an experience of defamiliarization, of un-zu-hause-sein, of unheimlichkeit, of the uncanny.