Deconstructing deconstruction: deconstruction in landscape architecture : a dissertation submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the post graduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture in the University of Canterbury [Lincoln College]
Deconstruction is a broad based phenomenon which is at once both a group of attitudes and a collection of theories which are concerned with exposing the condition of living in the contemporary world. As such, it has probably become the most important phenomenon to emerge from the world of Art Theory in the 1980's. Whilst no explicit use has been made, to date, of Deconstructivist theory in New Zealand, there are an increasing number of works which exhibit an implicit use, whether conscious or unconscious, of art theories which appear to be developing in a similar direction. Deconstructivism has undoubtably captured the attention of New Zealand's architectural profession, and has become increasingly influential on the work of students now emerging from New Zealand's Schools of Art, Architecture, Literature and Philosophy. Whilst Deconstruction's roots lie in literary criticism, its presence is now being felt world wide in the Visual Arts, Literature and Music, and more specifically to an increasing extent in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design and Urban Design. The currency of the debate surrounding Deconstruction is reinforced by its recognition by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, as a potent force in contemporary Art. Directed by Philip Johnson as Guest Curator and New Zealand's Mark Wigley as Associate Curator, the exhibition has played a crucial role in enabling the impact of the Deconstructivist manifesto to spread worldwide, by giving it an establishment platform, and bringing together within its walls the productive effort of explicitly Deconstructivist designers.... [Show full abstract]
Keywordsdeconstruction; landscape architecture; deconstructivist theory; urban design; interior design; New Zealand
Fields of Research120107 Landscape Architecture; 120103 Architectural History and Theory
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