London: Academy Editions, 1994. 2nd Edition. Quarto, publisher's black cloth, spine gilt, original photo-illustrated dust jacket.
Second edition monograph of architect and leading interpreter of deconstructivism Bernard Tschumi’s celebrated set of theoretical drawings. Developed between 1976 and 1981 for consecutive exhibitions, the four architectural interpretations of an imagined New York reality featured here question the complex relationship between spaces and their use, set and script, "type" and "program," and objects and events. Using several types of representation, such as photos, site plans, and illustrated diagrams, Tschumi's series demonstrates fiction's ability to produce critique. "The Transcripts are about a set of disjunctions among use, form, and social values. The non-coincidence between meaning and being, movement and space, man and object is the starting condition of the work...ultimately the Transcripts try to offer a different reading of architecture in which space, movement, and events are independent, yet stand in a new relation to one another, so that the conventional components of architecture are broken down and rebuilt along different axes" (from the introduction). Illustrated throughout with color and black-and-white plates, renderings and photos. Originally published in 1981 by Architectural Design, this belated and expanded second edition was issued in conjunction with a show of Tschumi's work at the Museum of Modern Art (April 21 - July 5, 1994). Publisher's adhesive label over portion of rear panel jacket text as issued. Fine in unclipped dust jacket. Item #2532