de·​con·​struc·​tiv·​ism ˌdē-kən-ˈstrək-ti-ˌvi-zəm How to pronounce deconstructivism (audio)
often capitalized
: an architectural movement or style influenced by deconstruction that encourages radical freedom of form and the open manifestation of complexity in a building rather than strict attention to functional concerns and conventional design elements (such as right angles or grids)
deconstructivist adjective or noun often capitalized

Examples of deconstructivism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His penchant for neutral tones, luxurious materials, and rounded contours seems at odds with Gehry’s comparatively aggressive deconstructivism. ELLE Decor, 15 Feb. 2023 The result is a set of dutiful attempts at weirdness, a collage of late-stage deconstructivism by firms that never fully embraced the style. Curbed, 27 July 2022 The visual language is ballpark Acne – grounded in subversive credibility – with Margiela’s delectable deconstructivism a more relevant North Star for van Wijngaarden than any upcycling challenger. Katie Baron, Forbes, 27 June 2022 Its permanent collection showcases artists from the 19th to 21st centuries, and works from the neoclassical to impressionism to deconstructivism. Kathleen Squires, Condé Nast Traveler, 22 Mar. 2021 The seven-page document singles out brutalism and deconstructivism as styles to avoid. Anne Quito, Quartz, 19 Feb. 2020 Everyone is clearly very proud of turning the fairy tale’s yummy cottage into the film’s post-modern example of deconstructivism architecture. Mark Kennedy, Detroit Free Press, 30 Jan. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1988, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of deconstructivism was in 1988

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“Deconstructivism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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