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  Frank Gehry: Disney Concert Hall; Los Angeles, 2003. (street-level view) Deconstructivism is one of the 20th/21st century's most influential architecture movements.  Emerging in the early 1980s, deconstructivism combines ideas from the deconstruction theory of philosophy with the name of the Soviet architecture style known as constructivism. Deconstructivism is defined as a breaking down, or demolishing of, a constructed structure.  Deconstructivism is not a new architecture style; nor is it an avant-garde movement against architecture. It does not follow rules or require specific aesthetics; it is not a rebellion.  It is the unleashing of infinite possibilities of playing around with forms and volumes.   Merriam-Webster offers this definition: 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 elem

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