Theory and Criticism
The deconstruction movement
I want to know more about the deconstruction movement and the masters of this movement with building examples.

Mufawek Hawas
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You can read Peter Eisenman's book to learn more.
Hussein Alwani
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If you can find the Mark Wigley edited publication for Architecture and Design Journal entitled "Deconstruction" The journal coincided with a Phillip Johnson sponsored exhibition in New York that brought together architects such as Eisenman, Gehry, Hadid, Coop Himmelblau, and others. I am not sure that this was a cohesive movement rather than just a label. None of the architects in the exhibit would profess to belonging to any movement. Forget Deconstruction stick with construction.
Shiraz Allibhai
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Since all these architects are still alive and working, I would go to the webpages of the individual architects considered to be working in this vein:
Zaha Hadid --
Coop-Himmelblau --
Peter Eisenman --
Rem Koolhaas --
Frank Gehry --
They're hyper cool...
Ozgur Basak Alkan
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Well, no one can ever understand deconstruction because the basis of their philosophy is that "meaning can never be communicated nor it can be comprehended," and if it starts communicating, it will no longer be deconstruction.
Mansoor Ahmed
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The best book I read was "Deconstruction: A students Guide"(UIA journals series) by Broadbent.

Try to get hold of it it will let you go through the whole thing in a very organized way.
Adeel Mumtaz
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...or you can read some books of philosopher Jacques Derrida- something different :)
Natasa Jocev
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Hello all,

i am a student and have been deeply interested in this style of construction and design. Though the forms i can envisage for my concept are enormous, but the constructibility of such forms has always proved to be a major trouble area.

Being from a developing country like India where the level of construction technology is limited, Do i have a reasonably advanced method of construction whhich i may adopt.

I have always wondered how complex structures like the Eisenmann's univ of cincinatti or the Guggenheim are constructed. What are the MATERIAL used ?
How does the structure of a building such as Daniel Libeskind's Albert musuem extension WORK ?

Most of the architects in India do not clearly understand its use and applicability. It has been really difficult to convince them about the beauty and challenge of designing such a strcuture. Please GUIDE me in this regard.

I am doing a thesis on the Australian High commission based in New Delhi, where i find the applicability of this concept very appropriate. Though i have designed the form upto a certain extent, its constructibility is a hindarance. What am i to do ?

Whats the DESIGN PROCESS adopted by a architect practising Deconstruction ?
Abhay R. Ambati
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I want to know more about the deconstruction movement and the masters of this movement with building examples.

Ali Alsuhaili
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By my way, the "Deconstruction" is a invented notion from literature by J. Derida- a French philosopher.
Bau le Thanh
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Deconstruction / Deconstructive / Deconstructivism / etc is the gentle art of intentionally confusing everyone with mystery that is not mystery. When the box of "deconstruction" is opened there is nothing there. :)))
Frank John Snelling
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Deconstruction is quite a complex theory. This Deconstruction Essay Video/Artwork might help to clarify things.
Martin Coban
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castles made of sand have a good reason to fear the tides. :o)
Jofer Magsi
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You DE-construct an object to gain design knowledge to RE-construct another object not to DE-construct it. What, if I may ask, the reason behind design? To be 'playful' with material formation to satisfy egocentric impulses or to be responsible to people who use this object. If one seeks playfulness over responsibility, then the object's sculptural quality shall exceed that of its people-friendly quality. All talented architects 'crave' for playful material formation, that is what got us to be architects in the first place, otherwise we would have followed our fellow engineers. But if playfulness we seek, let it be subservient to our forgotten responsibility towards society. How is that possible, you may ask? The answer is certainly not in the philosophical thoughts of Derrida and Deleuze no matter how attractive they are.
Ziad Aazam
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i wanted to add.. i read once that Deconstructivisim first appeared in the way Freud dealt with his patients
[that had troubles in communication]..
he came up with this way of documenting what they used to say and it was totally un connected ten he would reconnect the words to form a more understandable meaning and to know their problems and treat it.
This way of analysis is the basis of deconstruction ..
dividing, breaking the old connections [dis locating] of phrases/combinations.
experiencing the possibilities of new connections and relations
making new relations [re locating]

it's so attached to space, place and the element and whole.

Now to some this is only "Forming" but i think it's a bit beyond ..
Even if it was of form more than of science "which is not especially if u read Eisenman" Eventually we are manipulating forms in space..

.. another issue is that sometimes Creativity is found though
*playing and liberating of knowledge at some point.
[in reply to the previous post]

Woroud Ahdali
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Responding to the previous comment, I suggest that we acquire the knowledge first before we 'liberate' it.

Deconstructing by dis-locating literary 'text' or material 'text' of form, space, place and architectural/urban elements, or any relational entity 'object' for the sake of re-connecting, re-structuring and re-combining is in itself a methodological approach among others. The moment it becomes the end product in itself� i.e. being at the same time, a driving spirit for the sake of joy and an end product (object) that reflects dis-location, dis-junction, de-construction�it causes 'disintegration' in any society. For a philosophy that sought to emancipate society from the tyranny of itself, it became a driving force that enslaves us in our own fascination, pleasures and eccentricities.

I am not against the method of deconstruction per se; but I am against the blind following of philosophers like Derrida and Deleuze and their followers like architects created by the 'media' and the wealthy, without a true understanding of where they are taking us and what they are de-constructing, dis-mantling and' destroying' in the process.

We certainly need any creative 'urge' in its playfulness inspired by any source, but we need a kind of knowledge responsible towards our fellow 'human beings' first.
Ziad Aazam
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I AM a little confused here as there seems to be a criss-crossing between the "deconstruction" of objects and the "deconstruction" of the meaning people ascribe to said objects. WHAT EXACTLY is the aim of "deconstruction" in architecture? IS THERE a clear disconnect so that to tinker with one need not necessarily affect the other?
Benito Castiglione
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Deconstruction movement, started more than twenty-five years ago in a dialogue between continental European philosophy and American architecture, as a methodological approach for understanding architectural form.

In philosophy, deconstruction is a methodology to understand literary 'text' (meaning) in order to emancipate us from the tyrannical writing of others. Creativity entered the scene through architecture and art with an objective to apply the method to understand meanings of given objects. The process goes as follows: one deconstructs by dis-locating material 'text' of form, space, place and architectural/urban elements, or any relational entity 'object' for the sake of re-connecting, re-structuring and re-combining.

This process was 'misinterpreted' to mean that architectural/urban elements at various scales can now be dismantled and reassembled in a state of disjunction. So now surfaces, walls, ceilings, roofs, columns, openings, entrances can be literary broken into disjointed parts following the creative spirit of the designer to form a whole.
Ziad Aazam


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