Current Work: Bernard Tschumi

Current Work
Bernard Tschumi, Bernard Tschumi Architects
Recorded: November 24, 2014

Bernard Tschumi founded his practice in Paris in 1983, after winning the competition for Parc de La Villette, and followed with a New York City office in 1988.

Tschumi’s Current Work lecture, titled “Concept and Notation,” follows his design for the 2014 retrospective of his work at the Centre Pompidou, Paris. The exhibition provides visitors with a visual, documentary, and experiential survey of his international practice that reflects his approach to architecture as “the art of inventing concepts in space through materials.” The exhibition is organized through a series of enclosures, each representing one of five themes: Space & Event; Program & Juxtaposition; Vectors & Envelopes; Context, Concept, Content; and Concept-Form. This strategy of the control of space through objects expresses his design philosophy, and a range of media (including models, sketches, film, renderings, books, and more) translate concept into materiality in a manner similar to Tschumi’s buildings.

Tschumi’s extensive theoretical writings — “I don’t believe architecture can exist without words,” he explained — serve as both a launching point for the exhibition as well as objects on display alongside his built works. Through this discourse, Tschumi presents a selection of projects spanning more than four decades, including the Acropolis Museum, the Limoges Concert Hall, the Le Fresnoy Art Center, and the Paris Zoo. Together, these illustrate Tschumi’s effort to “take architecture where it matters the most… in between a concept and a material.”

The Current Work series invites significant international figures who powerfully influence contemporary architectural practice and shape the future of the built environment to present their work and ideas to a public audience.

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