chapter  1
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Deconstruction itself resembles an architectural metaphor. Jacques Derrida reveals that one could say that there is nothing more architectural than deconstruction, but also nothing less architectural. The origin of Peter Eisenman's interest in deconstruction certainly did not lie in Matta-Clark's work, but their controversial relationship can go some way towards explaining how, for Eisenman, deconstruction came to occupy a central role in the definition of his theoretical corpus. For Mark Wigley the relationship between architecture and philosophy is something more profound that goes beyond a simple transliteration: philosophy draws architecture, presents a certain theory or understanding. Philosophy represents itself as architecture, it translates itself as architecture. On several occasions Jacques Derrida stressed how architecture was the most effective way of testing deconstruction, as the latter was not a method of reading a text or analysing a concept; rather deconstruction deals with institutions and socio-political structures. Architecture requires long processes and constant negotiations.