What is deconstructivism in architecture?
Everyone knows that architecture has been a conservative discipline since the beginning of time. It demands order, stability, function, and logic, but deconstructivism moves away from these constructing rules. It doesn’t have any affection for “form follows function”, “purity of form”, or “truth of materials”.   Let’s give some thought to what deconstructivism is…
Deconstructivism is a word made by blending the two words “Constructivism” and “Deconstruction” together.  Deconstructivism in architecture is a postmodern architectural movement that emerged in the late 20th century. It means breaking down or demolishing the constructed structure. It is commonly characterized by the absence of harmony, balance, rhythm, etc.  The style often features fragmented forms, angular geometries, non-linear shapes, and an overall sense of disarray or chaos.
Deconstructivist buildings challenge the traditional notions of symmetry, balance, and harmony, seeking to disrupt the conventional understanding of space and form.
The concept of deconstructivism was created by the French philosopher Jacques Derrida in the 1980s. The 1982 Parc de la Villette design competition in Paris and the MoMA’s 1988 Deconstructivists Architecture Exhibition in New York, organized by Philip Johnson and Mark Wiley, brought it to the attention of the globe. 
Postmodernism, which originated in the 1960s as a response against modernism’s formality, emerged with deconstructivism but was separate from it. While both ideologies shared a combative, confrontational attitude towards modernism’s order, purity, and reason, deconstructivist architects rejected the architectural history that postmodernists enthusiastically embraced.
Deconstructivism sprung from the philosophical theories of deconstruction from French philosopher Jacque Deida, who suggested a radical rethinking of tradition. Deconstructivist architects attempted to translate their ideas and principles by dramatically altering or blatantly rejecting age-old architectural forms and spaces. They called into question the shapes and structures of buildings in favor of a design that creates a sense of movement while provoking strong emotions. These efforts have manifested themselves in structures marked by paradoxes, fragmentation, distortion, rejection of symmetry, linearity continuity, and a fundamental departure from form, function, and relationship. Thumb architects like the legendary Frank Garry focused on deconstructing dual concepts such as function and structure, beauty and ugliness, and interior and exterior. 
Some Deconstructivists were also influenced by Russian constructivism’s formal experimentation and geometric imbalances. 
Besides deconstruction philosophy, architects also found inspiration in other art movements, particularly Russian constructivism, futurism, analytical cubism expressionism, abstract expressionism, and post-modernism, which all showed tendencies towards the radical treatment of form and perspectives. Technology and architectural software programmes have enabled deconstructivist architects to release their creativity and transmit their unconventional message through uncommon buildings. Some have accused the movement of being inhumane and elitist. Despite that, the style gained institutional support and social acceptance over time, and it seems that it will not go out of fashion anytime soon. Architects all around the world are still being inspired by deconstructionism as they plan and create the structures of the future. It may well be fashion, but one thing is for sure: deconstructivist architects have changed the course of architecture forever.
Characteristics and Features
- The finished building appears unstable and confusing, lacking any visual logic and having conflicting abstract forms.
- It has risky, perplexing forms that challenge the visitors. 
- Plain and smooth exterior surfaces.
- Exposed materials
- Simple metal frame doors.
- Window frames are often hidden in the walls. 
- The style often features fragmented forms, angular geometries, non-linear shapes, and an overall sense of disarray or chaos.
A deconstructive architect is not one who dismantles buildings, but one who locates the inherent dilemmas within buildings. The deconstructive architect puts the pure forms of the architectural tradition on the couch and identifies the symptoms of a repressed impurity. The impurity is drawn to the surface by a combination of gentle coaxing and violent torture: the form is interrogated. 
Deconstructivism wasn’t a radical new movement, but a concept of architecture shared and practiced by forward-thinking professionals worldwide. Namely, Peter Eisenman, Bernard Tschumi, Frank Garry, REM Koolhaas, Daniel Libeskind, Coop Himmelb(l)au, and Zaha Hadid, among others, were called Deconstructivists, although many of them rejected the label.  
Deconstructivist architecture embraces experimentation with materials, often using unconventional combinations and applications to create visually striking and conceptually rich buildings. While there is no definitive list of materials exclusive to deconstructivism, the movement’s focus on fragmentation, asymmetry, and spatial complexity has led to the exploration of various materials.
Architecture is all about experimenting and searching for new concepts and ideas. The opinions of some people can vary in some situations, but they may benefit someone. Deconstructivism can be criticized by some critics for these possible reasons:
- Lack of Functionality
- Disconnection from Context
- Structural Complexity and Cost
- Accessibility Issues
- Aesthetic Overload
Examples of deconstructivism are:
- Dancing House, Prague.
- Imperial War Museum, Manchester.
- Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao.
- Jewish Museum, Berlin.
- Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles.
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