Deconsructivism began to develop in the late twentieth century, being a continuation of post-modern architecture. According research, It is influenced by the theory of Deconstruction, which is a form of semiotic analysis. Designers disturbed the ordinary space and basic characteristics of traditional buildings such as the body or shape of the building and frame construction. Modifications such as curving , waving or breaking walls is done. By doing this, buildings are seen as stimulating unpredictability and controlled chaos.

Deconstructivist architecture is characterised by surface manipulation, fragmentation, and non-rectilinear shapes which distort and dislocate architectural conventions concerning structure and envelope. It deliberately juxtaposes elements that appear to contradict each other in order to challenge traditional ideas of harmony and continuity. In short, deconstructivism challenges almost all traditional styles of building design. According to Boundless Art History, “Deconstructivism in contemporary architecture stands in opposition to the ordered rationality of Modernism. Its relationship with Postmodernism is also decidedly contrary. Though postmodernist and nascent deconstructivist architects published theories alongside each other in the journal Oppositions, that journal’s contents mark the beginning of a decisive break between the two movements. Deconstructivism took a confrontational stance toward much of architecture and architectural history, wanting to disjoin and disassemble architecture. While postmodernism returned to embrace, often slyly or ironically, the historical references that modernism had shunned, deconstructivism rejects the postmodern acceptance of such references. It also rejects the idea of ornament as an after-thought or decoration.”

Elements of deconstructivist architecture are seen throughout graphic design. The idea of using distortion and fragmented forms to create designs is one that is used across the board. This movement has left a mark on graphic design where we still see usage of this “controlled chaos” to create something striking and balanced.

Source: Boundless. “Deconstructivism.” Boundless Art History. Boundless, 21 Jul. 2015. Retrieved 15 Nov. 2015 from


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