The Manhattan Transcripts.
New York, St. Martin Press 1981 [sic!].
63 pp. with numerous b/w illustrations.
28 x 22,5 cm. Original wrappers.
First edition. The present volume was published on the occasion oft he exhibition of Bernard Tschumi´s Manhattan Transcripts Part 4 at the Protetch Gallery in New York December 3, 1981 – January 2, 1982.
„Developed between 1976 and 1981, the Manhattan Transcripts are a theoretical visual work by Swiss-born architect Bernard Tschumi. By coupling drawings and photographs, the sheets embody an attempt to include into architectural representation the relationship between space and its use, and, as Tschumi himself adds, between “the set and the script, between “type” and “program,” between objects and events“. In this sense, the explicit references for the Transcripts are Eisenstein’s film scripts or Moholy-Nagy stage directions.
The Transcripts also aim at uncovering the disjunctions among “use, form and social values“, (each element traced on a different axis), to reveal how they relate but never coincide. At the same time, architecture is used as a tool to interpret reality “directing” the movement of people through space.“ Mariabruna Fabrizi.
Spine on top slightly torn.