The architect, practitioner and theoretician Peter Eisenman was born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1932. After graduating from Cornell University in 1955, where he studied theory under the theoretician and critique Colin Rowe, he continued his studies at Colombia University in New York and at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom where he earned a masters’ and a doctorate in 1963. Encouraged by Colin Rowe to reexamine the basis of modern architecture, Eisenman went on to develop a specific methodology which he placed within a broader framework of thought very much influenced by structuralism. In 1967 he founded the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies (IAUS) in New York, an international laboratory for architectural ideas and criticism. That same year he participated in the famous New York Five exhibition at the MoMA, alongside Michael Graves, Charles Gwathmey, John Hejduk et Richard Meier.
It was also during this period that Peter Eisenman began his Houses series, consisting of projects for single-family homes. In 1980, Peter Eisenman founded the firm Eisenman Architects. Until 1982, he served as editor-in-chief of Oppositions, a magazine he had founded in 1973. Appointed professor to the Irwin S. Chanin chair of Architecture at the Cooper Union from 1982 to 1985, he has been a guest professor at Princeton University as well as Cambridge, Harvard and Yale. Peter Eisenman has also authored many books and articles on architectural theory, including House X, Houses of Cards, Cities of artificial Excavation, and Diagram Diaries. The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin (1998 – 2005), the Galicia City of Culture (1999-under construction), and the redevelopment of the Pompei Train Station (2006 – also under construction) are among the firms recent projects.
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this video :
Peter Eisenman speech video
Thursday, 1st October 2009
at Centre Pompidou
In pictures :
1. Archives nationales de Galice, Cité de la culture de la Galice, Saint-Jacques de Compostelle – Galician National Archive, City of Culture of Galicia, Santiago de Compostela, 1999 –
2. Archives nationales de Galice, Cité de la culture de la Galice, Saint-Jacques de Compostelle – Galician National Archive, City of Culture of Galicia, Santiago de Compostela, 1999 –
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