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Violence of Architecture

There is no architecture without action, no architecture without events, no architecture without program. By extension, there is no architecture without violence.

THE FIRST OF THESE STATEMENTS runs against the mainstream of contemporary architectural thought, whether “modernist” or “post-modernist,” by refusing to favor space at the expense of action. The second statement argues that although the logic of objects and the logic of man are independent in their relations to the world, they inevitably face one another in an intense confrontation. Any relationship between a building and its users is one of violence, for any use means the intrusion of a human body into a given space, the intrusion of one order into another. This intrusion is inherent in the idea of architecture; any reduction of architecture to its spaces at the expense of its events is as simplistic as the reduction of architecture

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