Avant-garde theorist and architect Bernard Tschumi is equally well known for
his writing and his practice. Architecture and Disjunction, which brings
together Tschumi's essays from 1975 to 1990, 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 program.
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.
Included are a number of seminal essays that incited broad attention when they
first appeared in magazines and journals, as well as more recent and topical
Tschumi's discourse has always been considered radical and disturbing. He
opposes modernist ideology and postmodern nostalgia since both impose
restrictive criteria on what may be deemed "legitimate" cultural conditions. 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.
The essays : The Architectural Paradox. Questions of Space. Architecture and
Transgression. The Pleasure of Architecture. Architecture and Limits. Violence
of Architecture. Spaces and Events. Sequences. Abstract Mediation and Strategy.
Madness and the Combinative. Disjunctions. De-, Dis-, Ex-, Six Concepts.
280 p., 23 x 15 cm