By Jeremy Till
Polemics and reflections on find out how to bridge the distance among what structure truly is and what architects wish it to be.
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37 The reaction to any historical crisis or changed social circumstance is not an engagement with the forces that have created that crisis or circumstance, but an internalized redeﬁnition of architecture in the face of them. ”38 Of course this 20 Contingency reinvention gives the impression that progress is being made in the light of external forces, but in fact each so-called change just entrenches architecture’s autonomy still further. Thus when structuralism was superseded by poststructuralism (as external discourse), the internal mechanisms of architecture did not seize on the intellectual possibilities of poststructuralism to reconsider the established social priorities or hierarchies of practice.
How could buildings, with all their occupation by others, ever be torn from their social context? The profession and practice are di=erent but often treated as if they are the same. The profession of architecture is a social construct, largely self-deﬁned and self-perpetuating, which is required in order to give architects status and the concomitant power. The practice of architecture is a more nebulous a=air. Looking from the outside it is almost laughable to think that architecture, as practice and product, could be seen as autonomous.
In his description of the building Eisenman repeatedly uses the word inversion, as if this formal attribute alone signiﬁes a radical gesture. The will to “represent a change” is paramount, and if this means functional inconvenience, then so be it. ”45 Unfortunately, this need—and surely only an architect deep down the abyss of autonomy could identify “the completion of a sequence” as an overriding need—meant that when it came to the bedroom a slot was required, through the ﬂoor, up the wall, straight through the bedspace.