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This article outlines a philosophical account of structure and makes an attempt to set up the singularity of architectural perform and idea. The essays contact on matters as huge ranging because the challenge of reminiscence, the paintings of Eisenman and the dystopias of technology fiction.

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Within the terms set by this logic there is an interconnection with the exigency that architecture must function. As architecture becomes sculpture, for example, it ceases to be architecture. While the limit condition may define the architectural at its most emphatic, it remains the case the architecture will always have to hold its self apart from other generic possibilities. Again, to the extent that architecture moves towards the condition of conceptual art it ceases to be architecture. Staying with the analogy with poetry means having to allow for the possibility that there is an analogue within architecture for that state of affairs in which within poetry there is the continual movement between the 'connu* (known) and 'inconnu' (un-known).

As has been indicated he is alluding to the following passage from the Timaeus (50d). It is essential to remember that the context is the setting of khora '. . if the stamped copy is to assume diverse appearances of all sorts, that substance were in it is set and stamped could not possibly be suited to its purpose unless it were itself devoid of all those forms which it is about to receive from any quarter'. What can be deduced from the passage from Plato though equally from Derrida's own arguments concerning place, is that there is a pervasive sense of the incomplete.

In other words, masturbation and the inexorable slide towards eroticism do not engage with form and thus with the architectural problem of the interrelationship between form and programme. Within the confines of the recit form is only ever an appearance and thus the bearer of meaning. Indeed, the question of form as the continual place of a repositioning and thus of a reworking or redescription plays an important role within that text. Sir Edmond's own redescription of the elements of the Eucharist holds form in place.

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