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PRINT February 1988

Bernard Tschumi

WE ARE TALKING WITH BERNARD TSCHUMI.

BT: Today one senses a lot of anxiety about deregulation—deregulation of airlines, deregulation of Wall Street, and so forth. As if the world did not control itself anymore. This applies to architecture too.

TME: Can you speak a little bit more about this deregulation?

BT: Historically, architecture has been about hegemony, about power, about sovereignty, about imposing an order, institutionalizing it, monumentalizing it. Much of the best work in architecture today—the most recent work—has to do with questioning or disassembling or making impossible that notion of the monument. There’s a freedom, because somehow you don’t try to impose a given framework or an interpretation. You’re removing barriers. By removing the institutionalization of building one removes the institutionalization of activities.

IS: In other words what? You wouldn’t define, say, this

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