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  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: MIT Press; New Ed edition (1 May 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262700603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262700603
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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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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Architecture is saddled with lots of miscognitions and misinterpretations but Architecture and Disjunction by B Tschumi presents strongly theoretical and dynamic orientation of architecture.It offers a platform for rethinking architecture in contemporary terms. It is a book for any architect seeking for change.
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Bought this for university studies and very happy with it. Recommended to me by my tutor and I would recommend it to any architecture student looking at 'transcribing' architecture.
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Nothing is worst in Architecture than a book by an Architect who is in love with himself.

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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This book is a compilation of essays regarding several architectural themes under a particularly radical point of view. Tschumi proposes, all through the 20 or so years of intellectual work, a complex architecture based on the heterogeneous nature of human behavior and the events it produces and leads, but also introduces an element of architectural reflection criticizing contemporary concepts -the architecture as skin- and its ephemeral condition, a postmodern zeigeist. I personally think is a manifest upon architectural themes conditioned by the unconscious prejudices carried by architectural scholars formed under the shade of modernism, showing the particular fracture of theory and practice in the field work and calling the things by its names, evidencing the mediatic circumstance of architectural development amidst the revolution of communication and -as an excel teacher- imparting his own good points of view. I think it's a book from and for heterotopia.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most relevant study on Theory of Architecture in decades 20 Mar. 2000
By Francisco Rasia - Published on Amazon.com
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In an amazing collection of essays, Tschumi criticizes both modernism objectivity and post-modern nostalgia. His most important proposition -- that there is no cause and effect relationship between function and space -- is a kick in the teeth of functionalist thinkers. Instead of "form and function", he proposes an architecture based on "space, event and movement", in which the conflit and contradictions between the terms of the equation is its most relevant aspect. "Architecture and disjunction" is a Pandora's Box -- some of the questions it proposes are painful and disturbing (like "what is space?", for instance), but have been overlooked long enough. To paraphrase Morpheus in the movie "The Matrix", "you can take the blue pill, and believe whatever you like, or you can 'read the little red book', stay in Wonderland, and I'll show how deep the rabbit hole goes..."
3.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Text for an Extensive Critical Library on Architecture 14 Aug. 2016
By W. Stotler - Published on Amazon.com
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Other reviewers appear to rave about or hate this book. As a collection of essays it wasn't bad, but it didn't shine either. I think it is still relevant today (2016), but appropriate as a text in a larger architectural library consisting mostly of theory. A few of the best quotes I found are below and are representative of the language and style of the text.

"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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5.0 out of 5 stars It's a book from and for heterotopia 13 Aug. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a compilation of essays regarding several architectural themes under a particularly radical point of view. Tschumi proposes, all through the 20 or so years of intellectual work, a complex architecture based on the heterogeneous nature of human behavior and the events it produces and leads, but also introduces an element of architectural reflection criticizing contemporary concepts -the architecture as skin- and its ephemeral condition, a postmodern zeigeist. I personally think is a manifest upon architectural themes conditioned by the unconscious prejudices carried by architectural scholars formed under the shade of modernism, showing the particular fracture of theory and practice in the field work and calling the things by its names, evidencing the mediatic circumstance of architectural development amidst the revolution of communication and -as an excel teacher- imparting his own good points of view. I think it's a book from and for heterotopia.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, slightly late. 16 Jan. 2015
By Tyler Graff - Published on Amazon.com
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Gotta love Tschumi and his wacky theories. Helped me look at architecture a different way.
11 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars priceless collection of essays by Tschumi 20 Oct. 1999
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Architecture and Disjunction, will undoubtedly be one of the seminal books of the millenium. This priceless collection of essays hammers out, quite artfully, Tschumi's slank on architecture. Covering roughly 20 years of theory and practice A&D pokes at the ideology of Modernism and Post Modernism. A brilliant read for the antagonist!
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