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Library JournalPeter Eisenman is one of the most important architects of the past 50 years, and this book, edited by Davidson (founder & director, Any Fdn.), is the most important to appear on him to date. Eisenman first emerged in the 1970s as agent provocateur of the New York architectural community, head of the Institute of Architecture and Urban Studies, and acolyte of Colin Rowe. By the time he started doing well-known buildings in the 1980s, his work had morphed into the collapsing, colliding world of cubist forms we see today in Dwellmagazine at every supermarket checkout counter. This book brings together five essays by eminent scholars who attempt to explain what Eisenman's work means. It is completed by a full catalog of Eisenman's architectural projects and buildings from around the world. Unfortunately, the essays, like Eisenman's work, are daunting and inscrutable, aimed at a rarefied community of scholars and cognoscenti of postmodern and contemporary architectural theory. As such, this book can be recommended only for advanced scholars.
—Peter S. Kaufman