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. 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.
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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. He applies human physicality and actions as devices to interpret space. By going beyond the conventional definition of use, the Transcripts use their tentative format to explore unlikely confrontations.
I found the overall logic a struggle to fully understand. I found most intrigue in exploring existent movement and events in order to understand a physical engagement with spaces, and the unconsidered uses of them.
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