They hang between reality and fantasy. Tschumi uses the transcripts to make sense of an architectural reality that incorporates sequences, movement and functionality. He focuses on using different mediums that portray different events and functions of a space, assessing unconventional strategies that occur in-between the standard conclusions of architectural survey. The non-coincedence between meaning and being, movement and space, man and object is the starting condition of the work. Manhattan is a real place; the actions described are real actions. The Transcripts always presuppose a reality already in existence, a reality waiting to be desconstructed — and eventually transformed.
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The Manhattan Transcripts are theoretical propositions executed through drawing. Made between and for consecutive exhibitions, the four episodes transcribe imagined events in real New York locales: The Park uncovers a murder in Central Park; The Street Border Crossing chronicles the movement of a person drifting through violent and sexual events on Forty-second Street; The Tower The Fall depicts a vertiginous fall from a Manhattan skyscraper; and The Block illustrates five unlikely events occurring in separate courtyards within a city block.
The event, in particular, is the figurative origin of architecture itself, through which Tschumi proposes an architecture of difference and opposition rather than synthesis and totality. Narrative techniques—be they pictorial or cinematic—evoke the ability of fiction to produce an alternative form of critique.
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“The Set and the Script” in Architecture: The Manhattan Transcripts (1976-1981) by Bernard Tschumi
The New york Transcripts suggested to show an architectural familiarity with reality. Each point Tschumi aims to become across, is manufactured through a compilation of three sq panels, wherever photographs immediate the motion, plans, sections, etc. Their play acted purpose concerns the twentieth-century city. This is designed to break down together with rebuild the normal components of engineering along unique axes. Tschumi takes the actual Manhattan Transcripts program that will formulate a plot based mostly around a homicide.
REVIEW: Bernard Tschumi; The Manhattan Transcripts
Architecture is not simply about space and form, but also about event , action, and what happens in space. The Manhattan Transcripts differ from most architectural drawings insofar as they are neither real projects nor mere fantasies. Developed in the late '70s, they proposed to transcribe an architectural interpretation of reality. To this aim, they employed a particular structure involving photographs that either direct or "witness" event s some would call them "functions," others " program s". At the same time, plans, sections, and diagrams outline spaces and indicate the movements of the different protagonists intruding into the architectural "stage set. Their implicit purpose had to do with the 20th-century city.