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Tracing Eisenman: Complete Works
     

Tracing Eisenman: Complete Works

by Greg Lynn
 
Perhaps more than any other architect practicing today, Peter Eisenman has made a career out of devising a dialectic of oppositions in architecture. With references to societal alienation and existing architectural forms, his work derives much from Friedrich Nietzsche, Noam Chomsky, and Jacques Derrida. He led the loosely knit group of architects known as "The New

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Perhaps more than any other architect practicing today, Peter Eisenman has made a career out of devising a dialectic of oppositions in architecture. With references to societal alienation and existing architectural forms, his work derives much from Friedrich Nietzsche, Noam Chomsky, and Jacques Derrida. He led the loosely knit group of architects known as "The New York Five" (which included John Hejduk, Michael Graves, Charles Gwathmey, and Richard Meier), who made an effort to introduce a theory and artistry of modernist architecture as rigorous as that of the European avant-garde. This is the first comprehensive single-volume overview ever published on Eisenman's buildings and projects, from his first work, House I (1960), to his most recent projects, currently under construction in Spain and Germany. The book includes all the projects Eisenman has created, with essays from international architects and critics, including Greg Lynn, Sanford Kwinter, and Stan Allen.Eisenman currently teaches at New York's Cooper Union and at Princeton University. He has designed a wide range of projects, including the Wexner Center at Ohio State University, which received a 1993 National Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects, and the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, which opened in spring 2005.

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Library Journal
Peter 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847828890
Publisher:
Rizzoli
Publication date:
10/31/2006
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
8.96(w) x 10.97(h) x 1.55(d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia Davidson is the founder and director of The Any Foundation and editor of its book and magazine publications. She has recently launched log, a periodical that presents issues in architectural theory and criticism.

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