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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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Event Cities 2 - Five Design Devices of Benard Tschumi 25 Feb. 2001
By Lo Chung Man - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In Event Cities 2, Benard Tschumi lists out his five design devices or strategies applied in his "in-between" architecture.
The first device is using space, event and movement as beginning of analysis. The famous Parc de la Villette is a typical example.
The second one is using the concept of "movement vector" to organize space. Vector can be applied as landscape in an office building in Geneva or as infrastructure in railaway station in Lausanne.
The third one is to explore the relationship between soild and void in his design. The fourth one is to activate the movenment vector is this void.
The fifth "envelope" strategy is to explore the potential of building envelope as animated and integrated in-between space, instead of just building skin.
Through the explanation of the above strategies in Event-Cities 2 by Tschumi, all the complex ideas behind his recent design projects from 94 to 99 can be well-organized and easily understood by both design professionals and students.
Before having coffee in one of the follies 7 April 2007
By L.. Oost - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Simultaneously I have on my desk Peter Hall Cities in Civilization and Bernard Tschumi Event Cities 2. Well, you should try it. It is quite a challenge! Peter Hall describes in (sometimes boring) length the histories of great cities. Bernard Tschumi offers drawings, emphasizing concepts. A large part of the Tschumi book pays attention to the Parc de la Villette in Paris. A park I have loved since I first visited it in the early nineties. I fairly well remember my first impressions. I was stunned at the assumption that this could be named a park. There were buildings, follies, the French national technology museum. In all respects, this was not what a park was meant to be. But, I loved it. The lay out of the park invited me to wander around. It was a very exciting experience: nature, culture, technology, playground, people just strolling around. During my second visit I began to understand more theoretically what the park was meant to represent. I was vaguely aware of the combination nature and culture. By reading the book of Tschumi I developed a sense of the purpose and intention. I admire the theoretical concepts in the book because I have seen actually how well the park functions. I realized that Tschumi considered the park as one of the greatest buildings ever been constructed. The park ought not to be an image of nature. The park is contributing to the city! This concept of the park as an open air cultural center is nicefully being explained in Event Cities. My third visit was in 2005. I realized I had come a long way in understanding this park, or rather this concept. The preliminary thoughts and drawings of Tschumi in Event Cities did help me a lot. So, I suggest the forthcoming visitor to the Parc de la Villette should read this book before having a coffee in one of the follies.

Luuk Oost
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Poseur's Dud Theories 10 May 2004
By Vishuna - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If the architecture of Frank Gehry, has been described as a movie composed entirely of special effects, then Tschumi's is like special effects that don't quite come off. Herbert Muschamp, the modernist cheerleader who is the architecture critic for the NY Times, began his review of Tschumi's Lerner Student Center at Columbia University by saying "By now, everyone knows that Bernard Tschumi's new Lerner Hall is a dud." And City Journal described his work as ""an agitated, irrational mix of limestone, brick, metal, and glass... giving the impression of a building on the edge of a nervous breakdown." Journalist Robert Locke has written, ""Tschumi's theoretical writings, the basis of his reputation, are a tangled mess that alternately induces dizziness and puzzlement as to whether the author actually knows what philosophy is, or merely heard it described by someone in a bar once ...... The worst of this stuff is so self-evidently empty as to defy attack". - It only remains for you to ask yourself whether you are one of those fools who will be taken in by this confidence trickster who has ruined the cities we live in, or whether you will move on to more intelligent reading. [Hint: Try Louis Kahn. it's a good start!]
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event cites 2 10 Oct. 2005
By Matthew G. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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