Architecture and Disjunction Paperback – 1 May 1996
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From the Back Cover
Architecture and Disjunction, which brings together Tschumi's essays from 1975 to 1991, 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 programs.
About 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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This book is near unreadable, while one can tolerate a writer like Jonathan Meades who uses his large vocabulary effectively, with Tschumi I cannot help but feel he is just using big words to show off and dose not really grasp the meaning of at least half of them anyway. Good architectural writing is easily readable, it does not hide behind a cloak of pretentious buzzwords and meaningless non sentences unless it has something to hide.
What's more despite all his writing his actually buildings are utterly dire. His Columbia university building is like a provincial leisure centre by an architect who thinks he's far cleverer than he really is. It is all show off spaces that are not that impressive and dark dank corners to hide all the people in.
While some may argue his actual buildings are irrelevant to his writing, after all Robert Venturi was a terrible architect as well, but a great writer. However with Tschumi's writing the same self satisfied smugness is present that is in his buildings, the sense all he's really doing is thinking without a connection to reality in a field that really needs that connection to the real world.
Without that connection then the writing becomes more like philosophy but Tschumi is no Bertrand Russell, Immanuel Kant or even Alain de Botton. A footballer who picks up the ball does not instantly become a good rugby player nor does a architectural writer become a good philosopher because he thinks more philosophically
This kind of writing on architecture is becoming deeply unfashionable and I can only rejoice. There is a real world to think about that is far more interesting and far more reinvent to architecture.
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"1. There is no architecture without action, no architecture without events, no architecture without program.
2. By extension, there is no architecture without violence.” (p.121)
"Spaces are qualified by actions just as actions are qualified by spaces. One does not trigger the other; they exist independently. Only when they intersect do they affect one another." (p.130)
" S E M
Space Event Movement
The final meaning of any sequence is dependent on the relation space/event/movement. By extension, the meaning of any architectural situation depends on the relation S E M. The composite sequence SEM breaks the linearity of the elementary sequence, whether S, E, or M." (p.162)
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