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  Deconstruction Institute
Deconstructioninstitute.com provides educational materials, tools and techniques, networking, case studies, articles, facts about the environmental impacts of deconstructing, and many other downloadable and interactive modules.
Deconstruction is an alternative to demolition and landfilling and combines the salvage and recovery of building materials for creative reuse and recycling.
Deconstruction is defined as "the process of removing a building by taking it apart in the reverse order of construction." Visit our Learning Center to find out more!
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Deconstruction differs from other ways of addressing questions about a work in that, rather than comparing the work to an external standard for what should be done (such as moral standards, scientific standards, or political ideology), it looks for ways in which the book itself shows what it has overlooked.
Deconstruction is used to show that a work does not adequately address something, not that it should have.
Deconstruction is an attitude, especially an ethical attitude (using that word in the sense that Lévinas uses it, to denote fundamental relation, not necessarily rules for living in those relations).
jamesfaulconer.byu.edu /deconstr.htm   (6416 words)

  Deconstruction: Some Assumptions
The interest of deconstruction, of such force and desire as it may have, is a certain experience of the impossible....
Deconstruction, as do other poststructural theories, declines the structuralist assumption that structural principles are essences -- that there are universal structural principles of language which exist 'before' the incidence of language.
Deconstruction is also historical insofar and it functions etymologically, turning to the root, often metaphorical, meanings of words for an understanding of how they function within the web of differentiation which spans the chasm of the non-human over which we constantly live.
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Deconstruction's central concern is a radical critique of the Enlightenment project and of metaphysics, including in particular the founding texts by such philosophers as Plato, Rousseau, and Husserl, but also other sorts of texts, including literature.
Deconstruction identifies in the Western philosophical tradition a "metaphysics of presence" (also known as logocentrism or sometimes phallogocentrism) which holds that speech-thought (the logos) is a privileged, ideal, and self-present entity, through which all discourse and meaning are derived.
One typical procedure of deconstruction is its critique of binary oppositions.
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 Deconstruction - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Deconstruction identifies in the Western philosophical tradition a "logocentrism" or "metaphysics of presence" (also known as phallogocentrism) which holds that speech-thought (the logos) is a privileged, ideal, and self-present entity, through which all discourse and meaning are derived.
Deconstructive writers generally disagree that deconstruction is a denial of the existence of meaning and authorial intentionality.
Deconstruction is also used by many popular sources as a synonym for revisionism - for instance, the CBS miniseries The Reagans was described by some as a "deconstruction" of the Reagan administration.
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 Encyclopedia :: encyclopedia : Deconstruction   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Deconstruction has also been criticized as focusing on superficialities of language at the expense of meaning; yet in Derrida's view, "meaning" itself is a form of text, and just as unreliable.
Deconstruction is consequential to a number of fields, including literary theory, philosophy, political science, and cultural studies.
Deconstructive readings have aroused controversy both in academia, where they have been accused of being nihilistic, parasitic, and often useless, and in the popular press, where they are often seized upon as a sign that academia has lost touch with reality.
www.hallencyclopedia.com /Deconstruction   (6727 words)

 Online Encyclopedia and Dictionary - Deconstruction
Deconstruction has a number of important consequences in a number of fields, including literary theory, philosophy, political science, and cultural studies.
Deconstruction is often thought to describe the blurring or ambiguity between what in modern Western thought are considered to be binary oppositions within a text (for example, writing versus speech, center versus margin, self versus other, signifier versus signified, and male versus female).
Deconstructive readings have been somewhat controversial both in academia, where they have been accused of being nihilistic, parasitic, and silly, and in the popular press, where they are often seized upon as a sign that academia had become out of touch with reality.
www.fact-archive.com /encyclopedia/Deconstruction   (5639 words)

Deconstruction is a relatively recent practice in which buildings are carefully dismantled to salvage components for reuse and recycling.
Deconstruction Institute website, funded by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to encourage deconstruction, depicts the land use, economics and energy benefits of deconstruction to a single house.
Deconstruction’s benefits arise from the ability to both reuse or recycle many of the materials in new construction and avoid the costs of extracting additional materials for new construction.
www.cga.ct.gov /2004/rpt/2004-R-0911.htm   (1678 words)

 OpinionJournal - Leisure & Arts
The second reason that deconstruction has lost some sheen is simply that, like any academic fashion, deconstruction's methods and vocabulary, once so novel and forbidding, have gradually become part of the common coin of academic discourse, and thus less trendy.
Deconstructive themes and presuppositions have increasingly become part of the general intellectual atmosphere: absorbed to such an extent that they float almost unnoticed, part of the ambient spiritual pollution of our time.
Because deconstruction operates by subversion, its evasions are at the same time an attack: an attack on the cogency of language and the moral and intellectual claims that language has codified in tradition.
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 What is Deconstruction?
Deconstruction is a philosophy applied to literary criticism, as well as to criticism of the other arts, which began to gain popularity in the 1980s.
Deconstruction eschewed the concept of one possible meaning for a text, and instead suggested that meanings of a text are multiple and contradictory.
Deconstruction also evaluates the way in which texts in the traditional literary canon are taught to students, suggesting that traditional “readings” of a text often ignore underlying value structures in direct opposition to what is taught.
www.wisegeek.com /what-is-deconstruction.htm   (634 words)

 Derrida and Deconstruction
Deconstruction is not, they tell us, a methodology, a school of thought, a philosophy of language, or a system of thought; and despite its trendy acceptance by American literary critics, contemporary deconstruction originates with the French philosopher Jacques Derrida.
Neither deconstruction nor structuralism work from the assumption that the task of language is to match up what we say and write with what exists in the world, i.e., neither accepts the referential theory of language.
As controversial as the philosophical side of deconstruction is, its literary side is perhaps more controversial, and although there are now deconstructive readings for every major work in the Western canon, it is unlikely that there is such a thing as a standard deconstructive reading.
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Full deconstruction involves taking a building apart in the reverse order in which it was constructed to first salvage materials for reuse and then recycle the remaining materials.
Partial deconstruction involves buildings that would not be considered economically viable for full deconstruction because most of the building's materials have little value.
To be cost-competitive with conventional demolition, the added costs of deconstruction (primarily, the extra labor of disassembly and removal) must be offset by the value of the salvaged building material and the avoided cost of disposal.
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Criticism is practiced as the literary, aesthetic, cultural, social, religious, legal, or political examination of and commentary on explicit and not-so-explicit modes of presentation and formulation.
Deconstruction distinguishes itself from what stands within its domains in order to mark out and formulate the positions and textualities that lie outside its spaces of writing, articulation, and expression.
Deconstruction involves the close reading of texts in order to demonstrate that any given text has irreconcilably contradictory meanings, rather than being a unified, logical whole.
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 deconstruction. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
In general, deconstruction is a philosophy of meaning, which deals with the ways that meaning is constructed by writers, texts, and readers.
Because deconstruction is an attack on the very existence of theories and conceptual systems, its exposition by Derrida and others purposely resists logical definitions and explanations, opting instead for alinear presentations based on extensive wordplay and puns.
Nevertheless, deconstruction, especially as articulated in Derrida’s writings and as promoted by Paul de Man and others, has had a profound effect on many fields of knowledge in American universities, particularly during the 1970s and 80s.
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 Derrida & Deconstruction: Key Points, W. Hedges SOU
Deconstruction is not something critics do to a text, but a way of highlighting things that texts do to themselves and each other.
In current literary studies, deconstructive readings are usually part of a larger interpretive strategy (feminist, new historicist, queer theory, etc.), and often put in the service of destabilizing hierarchical oppositions (between male and female, elite and popular culture, straight and gay, etc.).
Deconstruction is not the centerpiece of Derrida's work, and he has been somewhat dismayed by attempts to formalize it into a system, movement, or school.
www.sou.edu /English/Hedges/Sodashop/RCenter/Theory/People/derdakey.htm   (505 words)

 Smart Buildings Deconstruction: Smart Demolition - SGN Library
Because deconstruction does not require as much heavy equipment but rather relies primarily on hand tools and small machinery, equipment rental costs are lower.
Deconstruction requires low-skilled work crews who are trained to extract salvageable materials from buildings slated for demolition.
While deconstruction is a new concept and data are still being developed on the exact outcomes of the process, the general economic and environmental benefits of deconstruction are unquestioned and, thus, make it an attractive alternative to demolition.
www.smartgrowth.org /library/deconst_smart_demol.html   (1233 words)

 Jacques Derrida and Deconstruction - Mitchell Stephens
To deconstruct a "text" (a term defined broadly enough to include the Declaration of Independence and a Van Gogh painting) means to pick it apart, in search of ways in which it fails to make the points it seems to be trying to make.
Deconstruction, in other words, guards against the belief -- a belief that has led to much violence -- that the world is simple and can be known with certainty.
John Updike has attacked what he has called "deconstruction's fatiguing premise that art has no health in it." Critics on the right are outraged by the implication that there is something tangled or "impossible" about such important concepts as "reality" and "truth," which they are committed to extricating from the grip of quotation marks.
www.nyu.edu /classes/stephens/Jacques%20Derrida%20-%20NYT%20-%20page.htm   (3174 words)

 not a method and cannot be transformed into one
To deconstruct was also a structuralist gesture or in any case a gesture that assumed a certain need for the structuralist problematic.
It is difficult to effect it afterward because, in the work of deconstruction, I have had to, as I have to here, multiply the cautionary indicators and put aside all the traditional philosophical concepts, while reaffirming the necessity of returning to them, at least under erasure.
Deconstruction takes place, it is an event that does not await the deliberation, consciousness, or organization of a subject, or even of modernity.
www.hydra.umn.edu /derrida/letter.html   (1796 words)

 A Report on the Feasibility of Deconstruction   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Deconstruction is an innovative tool intended to contribute to a community's revitalization.
Deconstruction is actually a new term to describe an old process-the selective dismantling or removal of materials from buildings before or instead of demolition.
It describes the conditions under which deconstruction is likely to work, and the barriers-economic, organizational, and public policy-that must be overcome for it to be a viable part of a community revitalization strategy.
www.huduser.org /publications/destech/deconstruct.html   (202 words)

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Despite the fact that Derrida was himself a victim of anti-Semitism during the Nazi era and did not conceive of deconstruction until decades later, these revelations made it easier for some academics to dismiss the movement.
Indeed, Jacques Derrida consistently denied any simple political aspect to deconstruction, and his later texts were concerned with complicating the relationship between deconstruction and politics.
Similarly, most deconstructive writings are relatively opaque and dense, and are full of not only the terminology of the text being critiqued, but additional neologisms that many find hard to follow.
www.lycos.com /info/deconstruction--derrida-eisenman.html?page=2   (448 words)

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