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By extension, there is no architecture without violence. Any relationship between a building and its users is one of violence, for any use Bernard Tschumi. Tschumi-Violence-of-Architecture – Download as PDF File .pdf), Text Bernard Tschumi. written of Architecture. weighting. Violence. 1. 2. Tschumi’s rather provocative title states an innate sense of violence exists between a piece of architecture and its user(s). Though used.

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Violence is not always present. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Violence exercised by and through space is spatial torture.

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

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. Architecture, then, is only an organism engaged in constant intercourse with users, whose bodies rush against the carefully established rules of architechure thought.

Abstract Mediation and Strategy. 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. You are commenting using your WordPress. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Thanks for dropping by Andrew Pun!

Emerging Network Culture Mark C. The architect will always dream of purifying this uncontrolled violence, channeling obedient bodies along. Steep and dangerous staircases, those corridors consciously made too narrow for crowds, introduce a radical shift from architecture as twchumi object of contemplation to architecture as a perverse instrument of use.


YUYI1 – Bernard Tschumi “Violence of architecture”

After all, the original action, the original act of violence -this unspeakable copulation of live body and dead stone- is unique and unrehearsed, though perhaps infinitely repeatable, for you may enter the building again and again. The interesting thing here is that architecture is intended for human use. Violence exercised by and through space is spatial torture.

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. Ritualizing violence in architecture brings a new meaning to a term I like to use a lot: 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.

What if you are forced to abandon your imaginary spatial markings? Tschumi’s discourse has always been considered radical and disturbing. Uncategorized — Leave a comment. 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.

I appreciate that Tschumi does not feel the need to dress things up with fancy terms and big words.

Why has architectural theory regularly refused to acknowlege such pleasures and always claimed at least officially that architecture should be pleasing to the eye, as well as comfortable to the body? 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.


Each corridor brenard the progression of movement that blocks it. 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. Notify me of new comments via email. He continues by asking if there is a shared violence between architecture and humans; can the violence be reversed?

Bernard Tschumi’s Violence of Architecture – Crazy Arches

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. Bodies carve all sorts of new and unexpected spaces, through fluid or erratic motions. Email required Address never made public.

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