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book | The formal basis of modern architecture

The formal basis of modern architecture / Peter Eisenman
Baden: Lars Müller, 2006
The formal basis of modern architecture / Peter Eisenman.
Baden : Lars Müller, 2006.
381 p. : il.
ISBN 9783037780718*

Arquitectura - Teoría.
Biblioteca A-72.01 FOR

In 1963 at the University of Cambridge, Peter Eisenman - world famous for his Holocaust Memorial in Berlin (2005) and respected and feared by his colleagues for his intellectual acuity and quick-wittedness - wrote a dissertation on the formal basis of modern architecture. In it, the architect confronts historicism with theory and the analysis of form, whose distinguishing features he regards as the foundation of architectural composition. Eisenman illustrates his observations with numerous, extremely precise hand drawings.

This striking document, with its idiosyncratic photographs, fully deserves to be published here, for the first time, in a beautiful reproduction of the original, on sweet cream paper, in gorgeous period type, sometimes slightly smudged. In an afterword, Peter Eisenman discusses this remarkable starting point of his practical and theoretical work, concluding that the value of a Ph.D to an architect lies in "learning how to sit still for three years." 

La base formal de Peter Eisenman
Luis Fernández-Galiano | Revista de Libros, n. 136 (2008)

Book review. Peter Eisenman: 'The Formal Basis of Modern Architecture'
Arie Graafland | Footprint, 2007 | PDF

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