Bernard Tschumi describes how his book book Architecture Concepts (2012), prompted aproposal of a retrospective exhibition at the Pompidou, which in turn prompted a reconsideration of his work as a whole. After describing stages of the conceptualization, design and implementation of the exhibit, he reviews his work under five themes: Space and event, Program and juxtaposition, Vectors and envelopes, Context/Concept/Content, and Form/Concept.
Video Archive | Bernard Tschumi (5)
Although he is well known as a theorist, for Bernard Tschumi, “theory does not precede practice any more than practice precedes theory.” He identifies five themes in his work: movement, juxtaposition, vectors, concept, and context. Tschumi discusses many projects, including Parc de la Villette, the Glass Video Gallery in Gr?ningen, the Rouen Concert Hall and Exhibition Complex, the Limoges Concert Hall, the Vacheron Constantin Headquarters, and the School of Architecture, Florida International University, the Blue Residential Tower in New York, the University of Cincinnati Athletics Center, Elliptic City IFCA in Santo Domingo, Al?sia Museum and Archaeological Park in Burgundy, Carnal Dome in Switzerland, the La Roche-sur-Yon bridge, Factory 798 in Bejing, and the Acropolis Museum in Athens.
Bernard Tschumi walks the audience through his Manhattan Transcripts. He points out commonalities through the different scales of the different drawings, and touches on formal expression, deconstruction, and the importance of drawing to express his ideas. Throughout, Tschumi continually links the drawings with his design philosophy.
Shelly Kappe introduces part one of Bernard Tschumi’s two part lecture. Tschumi discusses the definition of space, the methods attempted in the past to understand it, and contemporary attempts to shape an understanding. He focuses on what he describes as the “paradox of architecture.” He describes the conceptual and material tools of architecture as mutually exclusive and interdependent within the discipline. Tschumi describes some of his work, student work from the Architecture Association as well as that of Los Angeles artists with whom he identifies.
Tschumi continues his lecture by declaring that the paradox of architecture is that the conceptual elements of architecture and the actual/experiential elements are both mutually exclusive and interdependent. Tschumi follows his lecture with an extensive question and answer session, focusing on space and interpretations of space.