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Event-Cities 3 : Concept vs. Context vs. Content - Bernard Tschumi

Event-Cities 3

Concept vs. Context vs. Content

Paperback Published: 1st March 2005
ISBN: 9780262701105
Number Of Pages: 640
For Ages: 18+ years old

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In Event-Cities 3, Bernard Tschumi explores the complex and productive triangulation of architectural concept, context, and content. There is no architecture without a concept, an overriding idea that gives coherence and identity to a building. But there is also no architecture without context -- historical, geographical, cultural -- or content (what happens inside). Concept, context, and content may be in unison or purposely discordant. Against the contextualist movement of the 1980s and 1990s, which called for architecture to blend in with its surroundings, Tschumi argues that buildings may or may not conform to their settings -- but that the decision should always be strategic.Through documentation of recent projects -- including the new Acropolis Museum in Athens, a campus athletic center in Cincinnati, museums in Sao Paolo, New York, and Antwerp, concert halls in France, and a speculative urban project in Beijing -- Tschumi examines different ways that concept, context, and content relate to each other in his work. In the new Acropolis Museum, for example, Tschumi looks at the interaction of the concept -- a simple and precise museum with the clarity of ancient Greek buildings -- with the context (its location at the base of the Acropolis, 800 feet from the Parthenon) and the content, which incorporates archaeological excavations on the building site into the fabric of the museum. Through provocative examples, Tschumi demonstrates that the relationship of concept, context, and content may be one of indifference, reciprocity, or conflict -- all of which, he argues, are valid architectural approaches. Above all, he suggests that the activity of architecture is less about the making of forms than the investigation and materialization of concepts.

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Introduction: Concept, Context, Contentp. 11
New York, Urban Glass House, 2000: Vision Glassp. 16
A Tactical Indifference
Angouleme, Exhibition Center, 2000: Concept Decontextualizedp. 30
Geneva, Vacheron Constantin Headquarters, 2001--2004: Manufacturing Timep. 44
Strasbourg, Concert Hall, 2003: Megaspanp. 84
B Reciprocity and Conflict
Pittsburgh, Carnegie Science Center, 2000: Phagocytep. 112
Limoges, Concert Hall, 2003--: Concept Recontextualizedp. 138
Vendee, International Sports Center, 2001: Double Contentp. 172
C Contextualizing Concept
Rome, Italian Space Agency, 2000: Fractal Cantileverp. 192
Antwerp, Museum aan de Stroom, 2000: Fractal Matrixp. 212
Sao Paulo, Museum of Contemporary Art, 2001: A Vertical Museum Sketchbookp. 236
Troy, Electronic Media and Performing Arts Center, 2001: Double Envelopep. 306
D Conceptualizing Context
New York, Museum for African Art, Version 1, 2000--2002: Wood Curves, Glass Boxp. 334
New York, Museum for African Art, Version 2, 2003--2004: The Tower versus the Museump. 368
Cincinnati, Athletic Center, 2001--: Contextual Free Formp. 390
Athens, New Acropolis Museum, 2000--: Paradoxes, Paraboxesp. 428
E Context Becoming Concept
Nice, Sophia-Antipolis Campus, 2004: Camouflagep. 478
F Large Scale: Concepts Becoming Contexts
Paris, Expo 2004, 2001: Virtual City of Imagesp. 498
Toronto, Downsview Park, 2000: Natural Artificep. 538
New York, Tri-Towers of Babel: Questioning Ground Zero, 2002: Whose Context?p. 552
Beijing, Factory 798, 2003--: Superpositionp. 582
Project Teamsp. 621
Project Listp. 624
Bibliographyp. 628
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ISBN: 9780262701105
ISBN-10: 0262701103
Series: The MIT Press
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 640
Published: 1st March 2005
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 17.0  x 4.7
Weight (kg): 1.5

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