- Peter Eisenman
His architectural and urban planning projects and above all his long career in theory and education place Eisenman “close to conceptual art” and to deconstructivism, with a strong experimental component and a constant search for dialogue between opposites and between disciplines apparently far removed from conventional architecture (semantics, linguistics, aesthetics).
While working with the group known as the New York Five – from their group show at MoMA (1967) to the volume Five Architects (1972) – which drew inspiration from the work of Le Corbusier and Modernism in general, Eisenman founded the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York and edited Oppositions magazine (1973-82). The theory of his analysis of design is described in numerous volumes, including The Formal Basis of Modern Architecture: Dissertation (1963) and Giuseppe Terragni (1985).
The first phase in his production as a young man was primarily theoretical; Eisenman later became known for his many home designs, which triggered much debate and some controversial reactions (House I in Princeton, 1967-68; House VI in Cornwall, 1972).
He created unconventional modular constructions in which the time sequence (Houses I-XI) and geometric sequence are only apparently fragmentary and desacralizing.
In actual fact these homes constitute a set of “new” rules for construction, which came to be known as Cardboard Architecture because of certain features.
The next phase in his production began in the early eighties, when he produced works such as the Greater Columbus Convention Center (1989-93); Koizumi Sangyo (1988-90); the Nunotani Building (1990-92) in Tokyo; the Monument to the Shoah in Berlin (1998-2005) and the University of Phoenix Stadium (2006).
Eisenman has always accompanied his work in construction with teaching at prestigious universities (Cambridge, Yale, Princeton, Harvard).
Peter Eisenman selected works and projects
- City of Culture of Galicia, Santiago de Compostela (Spain), 2013
- University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona (USA), 2006
- Holocaust Memorial, Berlin (Germany), 2005
- “Il giardino dei passi perduti” exhibition, Castelvecchio Museum, Verona (Italy), 2004
- FSM East River Project, New York (USA), 2001
- The Aronoff Center, DAAP - University of Cincinnati College, Cincinnati, Ohio (USA), 1996
- Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio (USA), 1993
- Nunotani Corporation Headquarters Building, Tokyo (Japan), 1992
- Rebstockpark Masterplan, Frankfurt (Germany), 1991
- Koizumi Sangyo Office Building, Tokyo (Japan), 1990
- Video-Music Pavilion, Groningen (the Netherlands), 1990
- Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio (USA), 1989
- Biocentrum, Frankfurt am Main (Germany), 1987
- University Art Museum, Long Beach, California (USA), 1986
- IBA Social Housing, Berlin (Germany), 1985
- Firehouse, Brooklyn, New York (USA), 1985
- House XI - Palo Alto, California (USA), 1978
- House X, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (USA), 1975
- House VI - Frank residence, Cornwall, Connecticut (USA), 1972
- House II - Falk House, Hardwick, Vermont (USA), 1969
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