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 to , 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 texts.

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While we may enjoy spatial aggravation like a rock concert once a while, we would not enjoy it on a nightly occurrence, and therefore should not base our decisions on impulsive sensations alone. Tschumi touches on the idea of intent versus reality, and while architectural theory tends to purify or ritualize architecture, architecture is more often subject to intense relationships by its users.

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Bernard Tschumi – Violence of Architecture

I would suggest chaos as a term to better describe this condition. The idea of bodies carving into space does formulate a disturbance of an architectural order, however perceiving it as an intrusion implies a negative connotation of architecture being utilized; almost as if its static state as an art piece is the extension of its tangible use in society. Imposition into a space gives it life, yet also destroys its apparent perfection. This reading does highlight the potential influences architecture can create and the power it contains in the experience of a space. Acknowledgement of this power is important, as demonstrated through designs aimed towards sensory deprivation. By no means should this intense negative emotion be emphasized in modern creation, and is indeed much different in comparison to identifying a space as deterministic of human program.


Tschumi Violence of Architecture Review

The chapter S pace violating bodies establishes the basis of such a postulate. However Tschumi does not elaborate on the political implications of such a control but rather attempts to distinguish a Dionysian dimension of architecture out of it. But if bodies violate the purity of architectural spaces, one might rightly wonder about the reverse: the violence inflicted by narrow corridors on large crowds, the symbolic or physical violence of buildings on users. A word of warning: I do not wish to resurrect recent behaviorist architectural approaches. Instead, I wish simply to underline the mere existence of a physical presence and the fact that it begins quite innocently, in an imaginary sort of way. The place your body inhabits is inscribed in your imagination, your unconscious, as a space of possible bliss. Or menace.


Lecture 2: Bernard Tschumi, “Architecture of Violence”

There is no architecture without action, no architecture without events, no architecture without program. By extension, there is no architecture without violence. The second statement argues that although the logic of objects and the logic of man are independent in their relations to the world, they inevitably face one another in an intense confrontation. Any relationship between a building and its users is one of violence, for any use means the intrusion of a human body into a given space, the intrusion of one order into another. This intrusion is inherent in the idea of architecture; any reduction of architecture to its spaces at the expense of its events is as simplistic as the reduction of architecture. Artforum print subscribers have full access to this article.


# ARCHITECTURAL THEORIES /// Space violating bodies by Bernard Tschumi

The main theme in which this reading, Violence of Architecture by Bernard Tschumi, is placed is Communication in Architecture. This reading specifically refers to the authors perspective on the intensities of interactions between humans, program, spaces and the symmetrical or asymmetrical relationships therein [pg. Violence or the intensity of a relationship between individuals and their surrounding spaces [pg. Whether we like it or not, violence, in this context, is bound to happen with varying levels of degree. In Tschumis words, It is not a question of knowing which comes first, movement or space, which molds the other, for ultimately a deep bond is involved.

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