Why Duchamp?: The Influence of Marcel Duchamp on Contemporary Architectural Theory and Practice
Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) was a French painter turned conceptual artist, film maker, erotic guru, and chess player. He was, however, never an architect, nor specifically interested in architecture, and yet, he has exerted a tremendous influence over a generation of architects practicing after 1975, as well as over current architectural historians and theorists. Contemporary literature in architectural theory has gone so far as to argue that architectural works created before many of the works of Duchamp, such as La Città Nuova, be understood within the context of Duchamp’s works. Architects have, in roughly the past twenty-five years, picked up on concepts in which Duchamp was interested and integrated them into their works. This has been possible largely because of dramatic shifts in the way that art is defined in this new postmodern era.
Amanda G. Sikarskie. "Why Duchamp?: The Influence of Marcel Duchamp on Contemporary Architectural Theory and Practice" Toutfait: The Marcel Duchamp Studies Online Journal (2005).