On Deconstructivism

‘Those ‘starchitects’ are just vying for attention,’ they’ll say.

‘There’s no reason for buildings to look that crazy!’

But I disagree. Deconstructivism is one of the most important architectural movements of recent times — and for the most part, it has imbued the profession with a more creative spirit.

More after the break.

Yes, some architects have gotten carried away, and yes, the branding game by which New York City developers stick the names of famous architects on their projects is not a good thing. But for the most part, deconstrutivism has opened up new frontiers for architecture. This idea that randomness can have a place in building, that it can express fundamental qualities of life and human experience, is compelling. And the designs of most well-known deconstructivists, from Frank Gehry to Thom Mayne to Daniel Libeskind, all explore that idea in powerful ways.

Here are some great deconstructivist designs:

“The Villa”– prefab by Libeskind. Image courtesy Blogspot.

8 Spruce Street, NY — Gehry. Image courtesy Wikimedia.

Eisenman’s Wexner Center for the Arts. Image courtesy ancestry.com.

Zaha Hadid’s Vitra Fire Station. Image courtesy Wikimedia.


One thought on “On Deconstructivism

  1. […] and with taste. Yes, taste should play into architecture. Good contemporary architecture (see On Deconstructivism) is expressive, yet […]

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