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The architecture of deconstruction : Derrida's haunt

Author: Mark Wigley
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©1993.
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In this book Wigley redefines the question of deconstruction and architecture. By locating the architecture already hidden within deconstructive discourse, he opens up more radical possibilities for both architecture and deconstruction, offering a way of rethinking the institution of architecture while using architecture to rethink deconstructive discourse. Wigley relentlessly tracks the tacit argument about  Read more...
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Named Person: Jacques Derrida; Jacques Derrida; Jacques Derrida; Jacques Derrida
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Wigley
ISBN: 0262231700 9780262231701 0262731142 9780262731140
OCLC Number: 27895738
Description: xv, 278 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. The Translation of Deconstruction ---
2. Unbuilding Architecture ---
3. The Slippery Art of Space ---
4. The Domestication of the House ---
5. Throwing Up Architecture ---
6. Doing the Twist ---
7. Dislocating Space.
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In this book Wigley redefines the question of deconstruction and architecture. By locating the architecture already hidden within deconstructive discourse, he opens up more radical possibilities for both architecture and deconstruction, offering a way of rethinking the institution of architecture while using architecture to rethink deconstructive discourse. Wigley relentlessly tracks the tacit argument about architecture embedded within Jacques Derrida's discourse, a curious line of argument that passes through each of the philosopher's texts. He argues that this seemingly tenuous thread actually binds those texts, acting as their source of strength but also their point of greatest weakness. Derrida's work is seen to render architecture at once more complex, uncanny, pervasive, unstable, brutal, enigmatic, and devious, if not insidious, while needing itself to be subjected to an architectural interrogation. Wigley provocatively turns Derrida's reading strategy back on his texts to expose the architectural dimension of their central notions like law, economy, writing, place, domestication, translation, vomit, spacing, laughter, and dance. Along the way he highlights new aspects of the relationship between Heidegger and Derrida, explores the structural role of ornament and the elusive architecture of haunting, while presenting a fascinating account of the institutional politics of architecture.

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