noun, often capitalized
de·​con·​struc·​tiv·​ism | \ ˌdē-kən-ˈstrək-ti-ˌvi-zəm How to pronounce deconstructivism (audio) \

Definition of deconstructivism

: 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)

Other Words from deconstructivism

deconstructivist \ ˌdē-​kən-​ˈstrək-​ti-​vist How to pronounce deconstructivism (audio) \ adjective or noun, often capitalized

Examples of deconstructivism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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

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First Known Use of deconstructivism

1988, in the meaning defined above

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“Deconstructivism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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