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Deconstructivism guide

Our deconstructivism series profiles the architects and buildings of one of the 20th century’s most influential architecture movements.

Emerging in the early 1980s, deconstructivism combines ideas from the deconstruction theory of philosophy with the name of the Soviet architecture style constructivism.

The term was popularised by the 1988 MoMa exhibition of the same name, which featured seven architects who were the key proponents of the movement: Peter Eisenman, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas, Daniel Libeskind, Bernard Tschumi and Wolf Prix.