It is perhaps for this this reason that many misunderstand the Deconstructivist movement. Deconstructivism is, in fact, not a new architecture style, nor is it an avant-gard e movement against architecture or society. It is the unleashing of infinite possibilities of playing around with forms and volumes. Post war, the country was undergoing radical changes and revolutions, and the impact of these revolutions on architecture was inevitable.
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It is perhaps for this this reason that many misunderstand the Deconstructivist movement. Deconstructivism is, in fact, not a new architecture style, nor is it an avant-gard e movement against architecture or society. It is the unleashing of infinite possibilities of playing around with forms and volumes. Post war, the country was undergoing radical changes and revolutions, and the impact of these revolutions on architecture was inevitable. Geometry, whether in art or architecture, became irregular.
Vladimir Tatlin designed a bent monument trapped inside a twisted frame for the Third International in Aleksandr Rodchenko presented an experimental design for a radio station that portrayed all sorts of geometric experimentation and irregularity. However, these radical structures, as well as hundreds of others, never saw the light of day, and were left as sketches with an intriguing conceptual approach that were yet to be explored.
In parallel to the Russian Constructivist movement, the Modern Movement was paving its way. Perhaps it was the timing of both movements that forced people to blindly choose Modernism. Ornamentation was stripped off, only to leave people with clean-cut, elegant yet naked functionality. Tatlin Tower.
As a guest curator at the same institution in alongside Mark Wigley now Dean Emeritus of the Columbia GSAPP , Johnson took the opposite approach: rather than present architecture derived from a rigidly uniform set of design principles, he gathered a collection of work by architects whose similar but not identical approaches had yielded similar results. Original press release The first—deconstruction—is a form of philosophical and literary analysis created in the s, which questions and dismantles traditional modes of thought. In its suspicion of objectivity, this particular strain of critical thinking encourages one to think not just of what a text says, but what it does — and what the relationship between the two may be. Inside the exhibition Photographer unknown. Image via MoMA As a mode of design, Deconstructivism is far more difficult to define than many of its predecessors and contemporaries.
AD Classics: 1988 Deconstructivist Exhibition at New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Tschumi stated that calling the work of these architects a "movement" or a new "style" was out of context and showed a lack of understanding of their ideas, and believed that Deconstructivism was simply a move against the practice of Postmodernism , which he said involved "making Doric temple forms out of plywood". Since their exhibitions, some architects associated with Deconstructivism have distanced themselves from it; nonetheless, the term has stuck and has come to embrace a general trend within Contemporary architecture. Deconstructivism took a confrontational stance to architectural history , wanting to "disassemble" architecture. It argues against the purity, clarity and simplicity of modernism.
Deconstructivist Architecture: The Museum of Modern Art, New York